Students at a college in Swaziland are being forced to pay E1,000 to get their certificates and diplomas if they do not attend a graduation ceremony.
It is reported this is to prevent a boycott at the Good Shepherd Nursing College where students have been protesting about poor standards.
The Observer on Saturday newspaper in Swaziland reported (4 November 2017), ‘The nursing students are alleged to have been told by the college authorities in no uncertain terms that its either they pay E350 or graduate in absentia but their transcripts and certificates will cost them E1,000 (about US$70) when they collect them.’
In Swaziland, seven in ten of the kingdom’s 1.3 million population have incomes of less than US$2 a day.
The graduation has already been postponed twice and is now scheduled for 17 November 2017.The newspaper reported one student saying, ‘The institution must stop treating students as children and treat them as sane people. Our life was miserable in there, we did not even know who issues instructions as everyone was doing as she/he pleases.’
Another said, ‘We lacked learning material such as books until we left the institution, we were even told they cannot wait for us to leave the institution because we are troublesome.’
PROTESTS CLOSE SWAZILAND UNIVERSITY