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University students defy Labour Minister, refuses to return to class until government pays scholarship for all admitted students

Thursday, 19th November, 2020

MBABANE: Simphiwe Dlamini, the Secretary General for the Swaziland National Union of Students ( SNUS) said students will not return to class until government has sponsored all admitted students at the country’s tertiary institutions.
Speaking to this Swaziland News,the Secretary General for SNUS said government needs to set her priorities straight.
“We will only accept 100 % from government, nothing less. It’s not that government doesn’t have money, it’s just that it is not well distributed. Government doesn’t prioritise education yet it should be the pillar of any country that wants to be developed”, said the SNUS Secretary General.
Makhosi Vilakati, the Minister of Labour and Social Security announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon that government has sponsored close to 4000 first year students to study in tertiary institutions across the country.
“4421 students applied for government scholarships to pursue different programs in twelve (12) different tertiary education institutions in the country. Out of these, government has already awarded 3709 and the number is expected to increase to 3990”, said the Minister in a statement
Pius Vilakati,the Information and Publicity Officer for the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) said the country should have provided free education for all in order to achieve first world status by 2022.
“A country which claims it will attain first world status in about a year’s time, should be providing free education to all students from pre-school all the way to PHD level. Government claims that the universal award of scholarship is not feasible, yet it is always easy to purchase luxurious vehicles and private jets", he said.
Brian Sangweni, the Spokesperson for the People’s Democratic United Movement (PUDEMO) said as taxpayers they have a right to speak in the scholarship issue.
"When it comes to scholarships, we are not external forces since this affects us directly as taxpayers. We have a right to speak in every issue where we put our money into”, said the PUDEMO spokesperson
University students defy Labour Minister, refuses to return to class until government pays scholarship for all admitted students
Labour Minister Makhosi Vilakati