Students at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein have embarked on a protest against the institution on Tuesday afternoon. The disgruntled students demand that the university’s management resolve long-standing issues relating to their funding.
The students claim that their grievances have not been addressed and have been pending since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, according to a report, the Department of Higher Education plans to employ an independent assessor to look into claims of university mismanagement.
Some of the students went on to say that they have been affected as a result of the institution's failure to submit their data to the National Student Financial Aids Scheme (NSFAS). They added that due to this, they are unable to participate fully in their academics.
The university's Student Representative Council (SRC) says it has also tried to intervene and address the issue with the institution’s management but their efforts have not amounted to a tangible solution.
Even the SRC tried to address these issues with the management, but we are not given time and space to address these issues fully because they don't open room for engagement. Even if we go to the meetings, we tell them this is what we face they don't come up with solutions.
The university’s former SRC president, Moses Indongani says many students are being disadvantaged by the university. He further points out that some are unable to get their qualifications due to the alleged incompetence of some staff members.
“There's issues of victimisation that need to be addressed within this university, nobody is holding anybody accountable in this university, officials of this university are failing to do their job leading to students repeating modules” he explains.
The university’s management is yet to issue a formal response to the student demonstration.