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UNESWA students refuse to attend classes until their grievances are heard


For the past two days, the Eswatini Observer has reported that the University of Eswatini students have not attended lectures in two days as some were seen chanting, as well as singing struggle songs around Kwaluseni campus as a way of demanding to be heard by both the University and Government of Eswatini, who seem to make the learning conditions inconducive for students.

The University of Eswatini (UNESWA) formely known as the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) is the national University of Eswatini established in 1982. The chancellor of the institution is the King of Eswatini, His Majesty King Mswati III who confers all degrees during the UNESWA graduation ceremony.

The University of Eswatini consists of three campuses: Kwaluseni, Luyengo and Mbabane campus which are all located within 40 kilometers of each other. Kwaluseni campus is the main campus with the faculties of commerce, humanities, social sciences, education and science; Luyengo campus formely known as Swaziland Agricultural College and University Centre (SACUC) has faculties of agriculture and consumer sciences and lastly, Mbabane campus formerly known as Swaziland's Institute of health science which has faculty of health science: nursing and midwifery programmes and environmental studies.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) of UNESWA , yesterday addressed students grievances on the UNESWA Facebook student page through Thabani Mabuza (CEO) as follows:

i) Scholarship for all admitted students including the Law students. Over the years, not all admitted students were sponsored by Government, which forced them to stay home and apply again in a following year until they are accepted.

ii) Refund students their examination fee for the past two years and accommodation fee for some student. Due to Covid-19, the University opted for online learning for students to ensure the safety of learners and staff, so exams were not written by other students as others proceeded with Continuous Assessment (CAs).

iii) Demand disbursement of students allowances from the Ministry of Labour and Security: personal, book and project allowance with immediate effect. Studentshave not recieved asingle from government for this academic year first semester which resumed last years November 2021. Some students are under privileged and solely depend on the allowance to support themselves as they cannot depend on families while others are living off-campus where they pay rent and buy themselves food.

Therefore, the SRC resolved that today, 21 January 2022, there will be no classes at all at the University as they will be making their way to pay the Principal Secretary (PS) of Eswatini in the Ministry of Labour and Security offices in Mbabane, where they will demand answers and to start paying allowance with immediate effect. There are no classes despite the fact that the PS in an interview with Eswatini Observer, announced that payment of student allowances with start from 25 January 2022 until month end.

Below is the response students got upon arriving at the Ministry of Labour and Security offices on the 21st January 2022, the PS issued a statement as follows:

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