Walter Sisulu University management has claimed poverty as a reason for not attending to student complaints and demands for improved conditions in the university’s residences.
The South African Communist Party in East London took to the streets to demand accountable allocation of houses in Duncan Village and the need for the City to prioritize service delivery in the area.
Accommodation problems at some institutions of higher learning in Eastern Cape have affected learning and teaching.
Teaching and learning has been badly affected by the lack of accommodation at the East London campus of Fort Hare University, while living conditions for students at the main campus in Alice are just as bad.
Lack of resources especially for science remains one of the biggest challenges in providing quality education in township and rural schools in the Eastern Cape and throughout the country.
The Eastern Cape fared poorly in the 2017 matric results and the lack of especially mathematics teachers is cited as one of the reasons. Only 42% of the province’s pupils who wrote pure maths passed the subject.
The redeployment of teachers is presenting some challenges for communities and schools in the Eastern Cape, since the decisions of school administrators can be irrational and can anger parents and learners.
The Portfolio on Committee on Higher Education and Training visited four institutions of higher learning this week to assess their readiness for 2018 academic year.