Disillusioned students air strong views

Rebaone Diphikwe: Truly speaking, I disagree with the decision made. They are now chasing us away and also putting pressure on Gr. 12 learners because not everyone can make it to university, due to their results, and a college is more practical.

  • : For me it’s not a good thing because some people work – the challenges of having to quit work and study full-time can be daunting, emotionally and finan­cially. I am experiencing this currently, and what is worse is that at my age I have to rely on my parents for financial support. But because of the passion of wanting to be educated and be somebody one day, I came here.

Letlhogonolo Mapatsi : It is not okay, because it affects us students and it won’t help us, because the principal does not know what we go through when we study. It’s not like we fail on purpose. Now that this system is installed we won’t get a second chance.

Noxolo Gazi: I feel this system will be draining, as it will take a lot of students backwards and people will feel it is time-consuming, consi­dering how long the procedure is to register. Having to re-register and repeat the module all over again will not work.

Thabo Kganong: I think it’s a bad idea – a lot of students will be dropping out of their courses.

Some students found out through the college’s Facebook page and expressed their anguish here. The release was shared 48 times, with 68 comments within 48 hours.

Shirley Kwes: We need to cause anarchy, mobi­lise enough and shut down this college; it has been turned into looting. The city campus SRC is useless.

Krank Morake: What you are telling us is to stand on the corners of the ‘hood doing nothing and complain that we do not want to go to school to try and make a better life for ourselves.

Reonetswe Cidrass: Firstly they changed the process of registering for exams – now this. You either step down or close shop.

Moahlodi Ivan: Where is the MEC when these decisions are made for such pivotal institutions that give people second chances. You just declared war on our people who are forever fighting poverty. This is a poor decision and I do not see this going through.

A press statement of the Northern Cape Urban Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, released on 5 September, notified the general public that starting from January 2019, the college will not be offering modes of delivery to part-time, correspondence, repeaters, exam-only and supplementary students. Refilwe Sekwati took to the streets to get students’ opinions on the matter.

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