04th February. 2010
The Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] has been monitoring the events surrounding tertiary students in Swaziland very closely for the past few days. As things currently stand, all the main institutions of higher learning are currently closed indefinitely. The issues raised by these students, which include increased personal allowances and Universal Primary School education, are very legitimate and would not lead to any confrontation in a normal society.
It is extremely disheartening to see such a number of students having their normal academic year interrupted, especially because judging from previous experience it is clear that no adjustment will be made to the academic calendar. A worst case scenario is that these students will be forced to repeat the year should the colleges remain closed for long enough.
It is due to these circumstances that the Network calls upon all student and youth organisations outside Swaziland, particularly in South Africa, to support the Swazi students’ struggle for their right to education.
Issued by the Swaziland Solidarity Network- South Africa Chapter:
Lucky Lukhele_ SSN spokesperson
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