MINISTRY WARNS RIOTOUS LIMKO STUDENTS
Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Grace Muzila is “fed up”.
To prove it she has issued a second stern warning to protesting Limkokwing University students.
If they don’t return to class they will lose their government sponsored scholarships.
But the student leaders say they are not backing down any time soon.
“We won’t take threats from the Ministry because they are already taking sides,” Limko’s SRC President Poloko Pitwane told The Voice.
Part of the technology and creativity university students boycotted classes early this week and allegedly attacked other students who had attended classes something which led to arrest of six ring leaders.
The student’s insurrection came after the school management suspended part of the Students representative council members believed to have caused the first chaos.
Muzila noted that students who were to be caught causing disorder were to be sent packing immediately.
“We would like to advise all government sponsored students to desist from this behaviour and report for classes with immediate effect,” said Muzila adding that students who are found to be participating in class or instigating class boycott and threatening other students may be interpreted as influence to other students not to attend classes and they “will have their sponsorship withdrawn.”
She warned that “This applies particularly to Limkokwing students and students from any other tertiary institution sponsored by the Government of Botswana.”
On the other hand effort by Limmkokwing SRC to lure other universities into joining their demonstrations hit a snag when they were turned down by their counterpart at ABM University.
ABM SRC president Lame Segokgo resisted their call stating that he could not fully appreciate reasons of rioting.
“Pitwane and his Limkokwing cabinet are now failing to account for their shortfalls.
They are failing to show remorse for inactions.
In leadership, a demonstration should be the very last option after you have exhausted all alternatives to no avail.
We cannot groom leaders of this calibre,” said Segokgo.
Limkokwing Regional Director Corporate, Industry & Media Relations Mercy Thebe said that they expect peace to prevail.
She said they are still to investigate suspended students.
“As an academic institution of professional and higher learning, we uphold the promotion of discipline amongst our students and therefore we expect them to take heed of the ministry’s warning and focus on their goal which is learning,” said Thebe.