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Management ‘snubs’ city college students

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“They sent someone from the finance department to speak to us but we want answers from the principal and deputy head of academics.”

Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency/ANA

STUDENTS at the Phatsimang and Moremogolo campuses of the Northern Cape Urban TVET College are expecting to be addressed by management this morning regarding plans to discontinue certain courses as from next year.

Students dispersed at around 11.30am on Friday after waiting since 6am for college management to address them.

“They sent someone from the finance department to speak to us but we want answers from the principal and deputy head of academics.”

The students said that the shutdown of all TVET college campuses in Kimberley would continue this week due to anger over part-time, correspondence and supplementary exams that will no longer be offered.

SRC deputy secretary general, Nompumelelo Nqumashe, said further protest action would depend on the outcome of today’s meeting.

South African Students Organisation regional co-ordinator, Kagisho Tawana, added that the reason provided by management for the cancellation of the courses was attributed to “students failing to show up for their exams, others dropping out and others that failed their modules”.

“This demonstrates a high level of incompetence by top management for failing to gradually implement interventions to avoid failures and intensify the pass rates.”