By: Angie Nkuna
PHALABORWA- Mopani South East TVET College has ensured that disruptions reported a week ago were resolved following attempts to stop registrations processes at the College.
Registrations were disrupted at Sir Val Duncan Campus and Phalaborwa Campus after students embarked on a strike, demanding a fair “processes of registrations “and other critical issues pertaining to NSFAS.
The College’s Public Relations Officer, Tiyani Mboweni said following the meeting held with student leadership; resolutions were taken to allow Part-time students to register provided 50% of their outstanding fees are paid.
He also indicated that an arrangement should be put in place in a case where a part-time student cannot afford to pay the 50%.
“It should also be noted that no full-time student is denied access for education due to lack of funds. This arrangement is for Part-time students who majority are working and not paying their fees. Full-time students are being registered even though one does not have registration fees since they would be funded by the NSFAS” emphasised Mboweni.
On enrollment, Mboweni said the College was not going to increase student enrollment for this year.
Mboweni said increasing enrollment would not be at the best interest of the students since there would be shortage of lecturers and classrooms.
“The College’s Strategic Planning which comprised management, SRC and stakeholders agreed to the figures we are now implementing. We are therefore surprised as the College when the same SRC now seems to reject the numbers they agreed for at the first place”
SASCO Mopani Region released a statement supporting the College SRC.
SASCO said in its statement that it decided to collaborate with students to shut down all registration process due to students concerns which included amongst others decrease of students’ enrolment for Report 191 (Nated), denial of enrolment for students who are owing the College, enrolment criteria for Report 191 (Nated) which is not part of the admission policies of the College and lack of lecturers within the campus.
Mboweni concluded by saying the College management tried on numerous occasions to ensure the registration continues as normal but the student leadership was adamant that they won’t allow any student inside the College premises for registration.
Registration at Phalaborwa Campus continued on Friday and Saturday after disruptions on Wednesday.