The University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduation Division in Durban has made an announcement on its website urging affected students to collect their certificates.
It clarifies that students who graduated from March to May and September to November must urgently fetch their certificates at Durban offices in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The university further warned that this is the last opportunity for students to collect their certificates.
Unisa spokesperson, Victor Dlamini at some point recently was forced to respond to claims of media reports that there is a network of corrupt officials at Unisa. It was also alleged that the institution is 'sliding into mediocrity, becoming a qualifications factory'.
Dlamini said the alleged leaked ministerial task team report, which claims there is corruption and mismanagement at the university, hasn’t been handed to the institution to give an official response.
Reports claim that the institution has failed to safeguard its academic future and needs to be put under the management of administration at least for two years.
According to the institution, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande was still studying the report.
We haven't seen the report, nor the report has been released by the minister.
Unisa spokesperson said the university participated in the investigations of the task team and will not respond to speculations based on a report that does not exist.
Dlamini denied the allegations that the qualifications are freely handed out by the university. He said that students apply and get accepted based on a qualifying criteria to enrol in their respective courses.
The newly appointed Unisa Vice-Chancellor Professor Puleng LenkaBula released a statement on social media in defence of the institution, addressing critics who seek to discredit the institution.
This followed a Sunday Times report, in which Professor Nico Cloete from Stellenbosch University expressed the view that Unisa’s reputation was taking a knock, owing to its inability to contribute to knowledge production through research, said Unisa.
Months after completing their studies, some Unisa students resorted to the media saying that they can’t find work as they have not yet received their certificates.
Some students even signed petitions to force the institution to release their certificates.
Unisa had committed to urgently resolving the matter, but many students are not convinced. However the university is now calling students to collect their certificates from the institution’s Durban offices.