22 March 2017
eMalaheni parents and Management met to discuss issues of mutual concern
Activities at the Tshwane University of Technology’s eMalahleni Campus resumed this morning, with the majority of students returning to class. This followed the indefinite suspension of activities at the campus on 10 March 2017, due to ongoing student protest action.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Lourens van Staden also invited parents to attend a special Parents’ Meeting to coincide with the resumption of activities.
In opening the well-attended meeting aimed at sharing information and the background to the situation at the campus with parents, Dr Eskia Moraka, acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Affairs and Extracurricular Affairs (SAED), acknowledged parents as one of the most important stakeholder groups at TUT. He emphasised the significant role that parents could and should play in assisting the University to ensure the safety and successful academic progress of their children. He added that the meeting with parents was vital in safeguarding that there will be no more disruptions of the 2017 academic programme at the campus.
Following robust discussions on issues raised by students in a Memorandum to Management, valuable inputs were made by parents who emphasised that their children need to return to class and focus on their most important priority, the successful completion of the 2017 academic year. In agreeing on the way forward, the parents acknowledged Management’s responsibility for managing the University while also expressing their appreciation for the continued engagement between elected student leaders and the University.
It was clear from the discussions that parents supported TUT in its attempts to have students returning to class in order to give them every possible opportunity to complete the year successfully as well as the University’s ongoing obligation to address student issues, especially the national issue of sufficient student accommodation.
The parents accepted the assurance that TUT would look into individual cases of students who were allegedly academically excluded. Furthermore the University would provide them with progress made in the approval of and implementation of the Policy on the Accreditation of Private Student Accommodation, which is due for approval by the Executive Committee of the TUT Council. The proposed Policy has been tabled in view of TUT’s acute awareness of the accommodation predicament that students face, including those funded by NSFAS. Finding suitable accommodation that meet the standards set by higher education authorities is an ongoing project, which TUT will continue to address in the shortest possible time.
As far as allegations of victimisation of students are concerned, TUT assured parents that its business is not to victimise students. In fact, as their parents away from home, the University has a huge responsibility to ensure that discipline is maintained in the interest of the entire student community. In view of this, only students who find themselves involved in activities that contravene institutional Rules and Regulations will be subjected to disciplinary action, which is not victimisation.
During the meeting the recovery plan was also shared with parents to empower them to assist their children to prepare for tests and the semester exams. All activities at the campus will continue as scheduled.
Important notice to students about NSFAS
Please note that allowances for qualifying NSFAS students will be released as an upfront payment from 3 - 10 March 2017.
Students should note that the final award cannot be determined at this stage, it will depend on the amount received from NSFAS and the number of students who qualify. The University Financial Aid Committee, in consultation with NSFAS, will determine the funding priorities and you will be informed in due course.
When requested to sign the Electronic Loan Agreement form please do this immediately, as signing this contract will ensure the release of allowances. Students who do not sign will not receive any allowances and their allocation may be cancelled. Consult with your local Financial Aid Office (FAO) for assistance and further information. Bear in mind that if you have a calculated Expected Family Contribution it will be deducted from your award and the payment thereof is your responsibility.
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There have been changes at national level brought about by the new Policy for Higher Education Qualifications. Such changes were required by the policy document titled Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF), Government Gazette No. 36721 (02 August 2013). The introduction of the HEQSF in the Higher Education sector required all public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), to revise all its qualifications to ensure alignment with the HEQSF.
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