The memo from Salebona Simelane, the Registrar of the University of Eswatini(UNESWA) suggests that there’s a serious problem within that institution of higher learning that needs to be fixed as a matter of urgency.
Firstly, it is important for King Mswati’s Government and the UNESWA Administration to understand that employees have financial obligations including stop orders, any delay in the payment of salaries messes-up the lives of these workers.
It is therefore important for us, as the media to start keeping a close eye on that institution, we must investigate and expose the challenges that resulted to the Management issuing a memo, pleading with employees to be patient as their salaries might be delayed.
King Mswati has been reducing the budget for the Ministry of Education, grants for Universities and allowances for students so that he can have more billions to sustain his lavish lifestyle.
Therefore, the delay in the payment of salaries for UNESWA employees must be analyzed and addressed in its entire context, this is a direct attack by the King on the entire education system and this political mess, might result to the shortage of human resources in the country.
Mswati’s Government started by delaying payment of allowances for University students, for years students have been protesting in demand for allowances while being brutalized by the police, parents failed to address the issue in its entire context.
Now, another serious crisis has erupted within the University of Eswatini(UNESWA),a reputable institution of higher learning struggling to pay salaries for it’s employees.
These employees include Lecturers who have been working tirelessly to produce skilled human resources for various industries.
It is not a secret that amid the financial challenges within the University, some Lecturers use their own resources including data just to produce the best results despite working under difficult conditions in that institution.
Now, the crisis has escalated to salaries, a delay in the payment of salaries means the families of these UNESWA employees will starve for a few days, alternatively, these employees would be forced to seek financial assistance from money-lending companies.
Apart from the domestic crisis that will erupt subsequent to that memo, the quality of education is now compromised because the University is now struggling to maintain its human resource that remains an integral part and or essential in the functioning of the institution and the entire education system.