Eastern Cape students protest against 80% attendance policy

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Eastcape Midlands TVET college students demonstrate at the Charles Goodyear campus in Uitenhage on August 21, 2019. Image: Thamsanqa Mbovane/GroundUp

About 200 tourism and hospitality students protested outside the Eastcape Midlands TVET College in Makhanda and about 60 students protested outside the institution’s Charles Goodyear campus in Uitenhage on Wednesday.

The students in Uitenhage were protesting against an 80% attendance policy to qualify for National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances.

Students who have fallen foul of the policy are demanding amnesty because they say they missed classes due to them receiving their NSFAS allowances late. They say they therefore could not afford bus fares to campus, GroundUp reports.

A student, who did not want to be named, said: “We burnt tyres yesterday (Tuesday) … and when we arrived today (Wednesday) the gates were locked …”

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