STUDENTS from Limkokwing University of Technology yesterday braved the chilly weather and hit the road to deliver a petition to the ministry of labour and social security.
Among other things, they are complaining about accommodation and food allowances as reported by this newspaper yesterday.
About 100 students participated in the march.
They want government to address this matter urgently because currently they are struggling to make ends meet.
The petition was read by one of the students, Zinhle Ndzimandze.
“Life is difficult for us and we want this to be addressed. We want government to give us what we agreed on when signing our scholarship agreements because we might find ourselves paying for allowances we never received,” reads part of the petition.
The students claimed when they signed for the scholarships with government, they appended to agreements entitling them to personal allowances but were only told verbally that they would not be getting such.
“They cannot afford accommodation because they have no means of making income considering that they are still students, they stated.
They even claimed some of the students were collapsing because of hunger and this disturbed classes and they were forced to live on handouts from some of their able colleagues. The petition was received by Principal Secretary Nomathemba Hlophe. When the students asked when they could expect a response, they got nothing.
“I’m here to receive the petition on behalf of the ministry and nothing else,” was all the PS could say and left.
On several occasions, Hlophe has explained that government only agreed to sponsor Limkokwing students with tuition and book allowances. But this fell on deaf ears as students maintained that they signed for food and accommodation allowances.
UNISWA students are the only ones that get food and accommodation allowances, which can amount to thousands of Emalangeni.Other colleges get personal allowances. Currently government sponsors 700 students at Limkokwing.