Humanities students from the African Languages and Political Studies department are angered by the fact that their reading packs were delivered almost a month late.
“I only got the course pack March 7th , I wanted to pre-read but there were no reading packs, the lecturer only gave us summaries which weren’t helping because they were in point form ,” says, 1st year African Languages student.
A student who spoke to Vuvuzela on condition of anonymity complained that tuition fees cover reading packs; they should get a discount for packs delay.
“I am first year and need more time to research on the essay topic but how am I going to do that if there is no reading materials,” she says.
Dr Mhlambi, African Languages Head of Department says “Students always get their reading packs two weeks after school opening, because it’s better to make them available at that time as most students amend our subject and don’t return the packs they got and it costs the department more money.”
“I gave the first year student I lecture copies of two readings to cover two weeks‘s work, students who say I didn’t are telling lies.
“I am more concerned about the charges the students incur, they get charged for the packs they took before amending our course, by giving them notes instead of reading pack, they will pay a lesser amount.”, says Quinn Setshedi, African Languages lecture.
An honours student complained about getting politics reading packs two weeks after opening, and it has been like that since her first year.
“They expect essays on due date, forgetting that we got our reading packs late”, he says.
Professor Butler, chair and head of department says “Students numbers exceeded our expectations for most-but not all our courses. In Pols 2006, in particular, there were 50 more students registered that we had predicted”
He further says there were lengthy delays in getting additional copies printed.
A Wits staff member blamed the lecturers for this, he further explained that lecturers should compile and order the pack at least 4months before school re-opening.
Mrs Merle Govender, senior admin secretary for Media Studies and African Literature says, lecturers compile reading material and get them printed a few months before school, so they are available to students first day of school.
“I always got my Media Studies course packs on time, but politics ones are always delayed” BA graduate, Lerato Tsolo says.