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EDUCATION CRISIS: Tension escalates within eSwatini Universities as Mswati’s Government struggles to pay students allowances.

Wednesday, 6th April, 2022

MBABANE: Life is literally a struggle for University students here in the Kingdom of eSwatini as Mswati’s Government struggles to pay students allowances in the midst of an education crisis.

Eswatini has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, the high costs of basic necessities of life resulted to students struggling to survive after government reduced allowances and subsequently neglected to process payment on time.

Now, students within various institutions of higher learning that include Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Ngwane Teachers Training College are engaging in a protest,with the former demanding allowances while the latter wanted the management to address the issue of food, following the termination of a contract with Eclipse Catering.

Reached for comments, Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS) said the challenges facing the various institutions of higher learning were caused by the authorities of the country who do not prioritise education.

“These problems in the education system are caused by Mswati who does not  prioritize education. As the situation stands, University students are hungry because of Government's failure to pay allowances and this has affected their performance. The situation is even worse at UNESWA, that institution is facing a  shortage of Lecturers and classes need renovations.You see, if a country is ruled by an uneducated leader, that country is likely to face an education crisis because that leader will demonstrate hatred of education,” said the Students Union President.

On another note, a student within the Limkokwing University told this Swaziland News that before engaging in a protest, they tried to contact the Ministry of Labour for an update in the payment process of their allowances but they were told that the system experienced technical challenges.

“We were told that the system experienced technical challenges hence the delay,” said the student.

Questions were sent to Labour Minister Phila Buthelezi, however, he had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Eswatini is facing a political crisis and university students are at the forefront in demanding democratic reforms.

Students President Colani Maseko earlier mentioned that their problems as students would be addressed by a new democratic Government.


EDUCATION CRISIS: Tension escalates within eSwatini Universities as Mswati’s Government struggles to pay students allowances.
Students at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology during a protest on Tuesday.