Gaborone High Court has ordered the Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF) to reverse a decision to revoke scholarships for University of Botswana students.
Appearing before Justice Judge Bengbame Sechele, the students’ attorney Duma Boko told court that they reached an agreement with the state attorney to withdraw the suspension and reinstate the students.
“The respondent has decided to withdraw the suspension of all applicants. They tender all costs,” said Boko to a loud ululation of students.
Justice Sechele then ordered the DTEF, the Attorney General and UB to pay the costs of the lawsuit.
Giving background of the case in court, the students’ lawyer Boko read out a document which included letters of termination given to students.
The letter read in part, “In accordance with the Loan Agreement, in the new Loan agreement or in the old Loan agreement, termination of sponsorship may result if;
the student is involved in matters of misconduct which includes but not limited to unacceptable behavior as determined by the Government.”
The suspension letter also stated that the suspension was valid for 12 months. “You may be considered for sponsorship after twelve months.
Your application for re-instatement shall be subject to prevailing conditions at the time of your application,” read the letter.
Meanwhile, the students who lost their scholarships last month after engaging in class boycott for two days were mainly members of the Student Representative Council (SRC).
After receiving letters revoking their scholarships, the students approached court for relief and for the decision to be reserved.