Thursday, February 4, 2010


by Hlengiwe Ndlovu
From the Swazi Observer

Students are planning to stage another march next week. Though colleges have been closed, the Swaziuland National Unions of Students (SNUS) is working on a strategy to bring the students together. Yesterday, the students from the University of Swaziland and different colleges could not march again because their institutions are already closed. The closure was necessitated by the growing unrest in the country's institutions of higher learning. SNUS Secretaryt General Thabo Dlamini disclosed that executive members of the students body had decided to sensitise different stake holders on the grievances that tertiary students have and it was during this consultation that the need for another march emerged.

"We have met with parents, workers unions and high school students whom we have sensitised about government's new scholarship policy and how it will affect them," he said.

Dlamini said it also emerged during these consultative exercises that civil society was nt involved either when the scholarhsip policy was drafted. "We want government to do away with the scholrahip policy and formulate a new one where stduents, civil society and all other stake holders will be fully invloved."

Meanwhile, Dlamini disclosed that the march next week will also be aimed at pressuring government to re open the closed colleges.

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