EZULWINI: Executive members of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS) stormed Exams Council offices on Thursday to deliver a petition where they are demanding the release of withheld Masiphula High School results.
This comes after media reports suggesting that the Exams Council had withheld results of about 100 students from Masiphula High School for outstanding exam fees, however, it later emerged that some of the students paid the fees but the money was allegedly misappropriated by the school authorities.
Reached for comments, Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS ) confirmed that as the SNUS Executive, they visited the Exams Council to deliver the petition, he said the situation was threatening the careers of the pupils.
“We call upon this quasi-Government organisation to issue a public statement of apology for the destructive sanctions imposed on the members of society and future of the Nation. We demand that the organisation release the results indefinitely. Deadlines for accepting applications by tertiary institutions are drawing near and the pupils might find themselves unable to meet them due to the long process they have to undergo. The Government can find other alternatives like holding certificates for the pupils, to deal with the situation in a way that will not frustrate the pupils and allow them freely resume with their studies,” reads the petition.
Efforts to reach Dr Edmund Mazibuko of the Exams Councils proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report.
When reached for comments, Sikelela Dlamini, the Secretary General of Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), said the Exams Council of Eswatini must not punish the students, it should give them their results as withholding them was illegal.
“The school children are not supposed to be affected by the misunderstanding that exists between the school administration and the Exams Council of Eswatini” said the SNAT Secretary General.
SNUS Executive members