Students in Swaziland (eSwatini) marched to petition government after more than 1,500 of them were refused scholarships.
The students were from the University of eSwatini (formerly University of Swaziland, UNISWA). Only about 1,000 students in this year’s new intake have been awarded the scholarships which cover tuition, books and living expenses.
This is not the first time students have been in dispute with the Swazi Government over funding. In May 2017 the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) launched a campaign for scholarships for all. Students want all those admitted to higher learning institutions to have scholarships, regardless of the programme they are doing or the institution they are in.
The protest was organised at short notice but about 150 students delivered a petition at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security office in Mbabane on Tuesday (10 November 2020).
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