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'East Cape Midlands students denied right to further education' DASO

Feb 4, 2019
'East Cape Midlands students denied right to further education' DASO

The Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it will write to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, to urgently intervene in the administration of the East Cape Midlands College Heath Park Campus in Port Elizabeth.

"A number of students are being denied their right to education because of the College’s inability to effectively run its administration.

"It is alleged exam papers have been lost and affected students are now being denied furthering their education because they are forced to write a supplementary exam," described Hlomela Bucwa MP - DA Eastern Cape DASO Constituency Leader.

"These students have registered at other institutions, but are now being shown the door because they don’t meet the necessary requirements to further their studies."

Bucwa further accused the ANC-affiliated South African Students Congress (SASCO) Student Representative Council (SRC) of not having any intention of fighting for the rights of students.

DASO to meet with management at East Cape Midlands College Heath Park Campus

"DASO has a proven track record of fighting for the rights of students in institutions where we lead SRCs. That’s why DASO has emerged victorious in recent SRC elections at the University of Fort Hare and PE College," she said.

"We have been informed that students are planning a possible shutdown of the College tomorrow.

"Although DASO has sympathy for their plight, we condemn the shutdown of any institution of higher learning."

Bucwa said that DASO has also written to the College administration to request that an urgent meeting be held on Tuesday to discuss the way forward.

"We call on the management of East Cape Midlands to address the students concerns as a matter of urgency and put in place mechanisms to ensure that these institutions function at an optimum level to deliver quality education to students," she added.

"Education is the key to unlocking the shackles of poverty and enabling young people to participate in the economy of a country that is free and fair with equal opportunities for all."

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