The South African Students' Congress has voiced its disappointment at Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's assurances to Unisa vice-chancellor Barney Pityana that his job is safe.
"We call on the minister to attend to the crisis of thousands of students who are refused to write their examinations because they don't have money to pay their fees upfront, the banning of student organisations and the problems of study material, which have been continuing for many years under the leadership of Prof Pityana," said Sasco secretary general Magasela Mzobe.
They were disappointed with Nzimande's remarks in yesterday's Sowetan that Pityana was not going anywhere.
Mzobe said Nzimande had assured Pityana that his job was safe, instead of attending to issues raised by students and workers about the mismanagement of Unisa.
Nzimande had said it was not his job to fire or hire university vice-chancellors.
"We are hoping to meet urgently with the minister to raise issues that need urgent attention rather than prioritise job security for a vice-chancellor who has failed the nation by abusing his position as a leader in a very important public institution," Mzobe said.
The YCL and Sasco have called on Pityana to be removed, accusing him of not allowing more than 200000 students to write their mid-year exams because they were unable to pay their fees upfront.
"The YCL and Sasco strongly believe that Unisa and other institutions of higher learning should not subject education to the whims of the market fundamentals and be sold at a highest price," said YCL leader Castro Ngobese. - Sapa