UB students pin hopes on appeal

| September 10, 2013

Sixteen University of Botswana students whose sponsorships have been suspended for “violating terms of their memorandum of agreement” are now pinning their hopes on an appeal they filed at the Ministry of Education and Skills Development.

Students want the ministry’s decision to suspend their sponsorships revoked.  The ministry gave the students 14 days to appeal their suspended sponsorships by the Department of Tertiary Education Financing. Students Representative Council (SRC) president, Kago Mokotedi said although they have been promised that their request will be addressed immediately the Ministry has not come back to them with any response.

“The Ministry is spiteful and they are ignoring the fact that we rely on our living allowance to get through,” he said, adding that they are expecting their response sometimes this week. “They should consider that we are missing valuable class time which we will never be able to get back.” Ministry officials acknowledged receipt of the students appeal and noted that the matter is still being looked at. Public relations officer at the Ministry Silas Sehularo however is adamant that the students could have avoided the suspension if they had opted for different models to address their issues. “The students will be addressed in the near future regarding their request,” he said.

Sehularo revealed that students initially came to the ministry with their request (to have book allowances credited to students bank accounts) in March this year but they were then given a chance to group up with other schools and come back with a solution. “But they decided to return in August making demands and expecting immediate response,” he said.  According to Mokotedi during the March meeting they (students) were asked to go and validate their request and were also requested to bring evidence to support their requests.

“We even went on a benchmarking exercise in South Africa before coming back to them.”

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