MOTETEMA – Eighteen students from Sekhukhune TVET College’s CS Barlow campus in Motetema undertook a six day walk to and fro Pretoria offices of the Department of Higher Education and Training.
The group claims the risky walk was aimed at seeking intervention of the department in challenges the campus faced.
The brave students, who embarked on the walk since last Tuesday and returned on Monday evening, told the paper the action followed fruitless meetings with campus management on students’ challenges.
Twenty-four year-old Kwisisho Mamosebo, Financial Management student, said the students faced challenges of Nasfas funding, non-certification of successful students, lack of lecturers for some courses at the campus and challenges faced by disabled students on the campus due to disability unfriendly conditions there.
Mamosebo said the walk was risky and tiresome as their feet started swelling and were without foot and water.
“I believe it was worth it because the walk can also help future students. We had a number of meetings with management in the past years over the same issues but nothing came out of them. Maybe the walk will bring us help,” said Mamosebo.
He said that they submitted the memorandum to representative of the department at the Pretoria office, and were promised a response on their grievances after seven days.
Ben Phakoago, also a student, said the students at the campus were still on strike after four weeks on Tuesday over the same issues contained in the memorandum submitted at the department’s offices in Pretoria.
Attempts to get comment from the Sekhukhune TVET College were not successful at the time of going to press.