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STUDENTS at the Capricorn FET College in Seshego, Limpopo, have embarked on a protest to demand better treatment two days before supplementary examinations begin.
The students yesterday boycotted classes and demanded a meeting with management.
A large contingent of police surrounded the institution to monitor the situation because the management were concerned that students would become unruly and damage the property.
But the demonstrations were peaceful with students just sitting outside classes.
At the centre of the row are allegations that students at the college have not been issued with certificates or diplomas since 2007.
They only allegedly received statements and the institution's management has allegedly been telling them that the problem was with the national Department of Education.
Student leader Moses Baloyi said yesterday that supplementary examinations were scheduled to start tomorrow but that they did not have lecturers for some of the subjects they did.
"For instance, we did not write drawings, setting out, quantities and costing in last year's exams because we did not have a lecturer," he said.
He said the lecturer for the subject only came in last week and they were expected to write the subject's exam in March, which could be difficult.
Baloyi said it was becoming difficult for other students who had passed their final year exams to get jobs because they did not have certificates.
"We have also engaged our parents on these matters but management seems reluctant to address the problems," he said.
Students have signed a petition to dissolve the students representative council which they accuse of siding with management.
Spokesperson for the Limpopo department of education Ndo Mangala said they would send officials to the college to help find solutions to the problems.