Student card misunderstanding

LEPHALALE — Lephalale TVET College students recently indicated that there were problems with the issuing of student cards. As a result, students were denied access at the entrance by security.

An anonymous learner cried out for help after being stopped from entering the premises of the college, after she failed to produce her student card and had left her proof of registration document at home.

Her claims were that the queuing process for student cards was long and a number of students had not yet been registered on the list for student cards.

In addition, a student said that the SRC did not assist them as they are unaware of their challenges. He alleged that a few members of the SRC were noticed during the registration process and the SRC might be part of the problem with student cards.

College Principal, Lekau Mamabolo, says all these allegations are unjustified.

“There is no crisis, if the students face issues, we encourage them to pay a visit to our offices and we will swiftly deal with the matter.

Student cards are printed daily for those who need them and indeed we have instructed our security staff to ask students to provide proof of registration if they don’t have student cards with them. What also happens is that our security guards will take students who don’t have either of the two documents to the campus manager, who will verify if the student is registered and reasons will be established as to why they don’t have a student card,” he said.

He furthermore says it is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have student cards as they know it is a requirement for access to the College as proof of registration.

He says Lephalale TVET College is fortunate to have a central office within its premises and this makes it easy for students to access him.

Mamabolo urges students to not rush to his office but to first contact the campus manager and if they cannot resolve the issue, the matter can be referred to central office.

“After visiting the student card centre I can say to you that all is well. Student cards boxes are proof of the progress made so far. On Tuesday 6 February, 19 students were assisted with student cards and if we experience any challenges we will speak to the SRC to address the matter with the students,” he said.

According to Mamabolo, there is currently more than one machine that produces student cards which ensures that cards can be issued even if one machine has problems.

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