Student Representative Council Fights for Students’ Concerns
On the 14th and 15th of March, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) suspended lectures in order to tend to students’ demands. Their satisfactions were the conditions of the private residences and their book allowances which were owed to them.
The classes were suspended for two days while the Student Representative Council (SRC) were in serious discussions with management in order to sort out the issues at hand.
“I am pleased that we have made good progress in addressing the matters raised by the SRC and we have agreed to resume classes,” commented Professor Yunus Balim, Vice-Chancellor of SPU.
The SRC informed students of the outcome of their discussions as follows:
Most students (1020) have been paid their book allowances and those who appear on the NSFAS list are able to buy their required study material from Van Schaik’s.
Students from various residences have started to receive their incidental expenses.
“Based on the interaction that the SRC had with management we are pleased to announce that we have been able to reach common ground, therefore, classes will resume on Monday 17th of March. The SRC will provide weekly reports on the process that has been made with regards to the issues raised by students,” commented the SRC.
Professor Yunus Balim addressed students regarding the fact that much time is needed to make up for lost lectures. “I am grateful to the SRC for their positive engagement with our management team and for their contributions to finding alternative solutions to student concerns. The issues are not easy but we can deal with them through proper dialogue and shared support,” commented Professor Balim.