Friday, April 16, 2021

‘UB bar will not be closed’ – Fako

University of Botswana Vice Chancellor, Professor Thabo Fako, has told a student body meeting that his administration has no intention of closing the Students’ Bar and Canteen.

This comes after the University students, led by the Student Representative Council (SRC), took to the streets this week to protest the closing down of the students’ bar, high failure rates and abolishment of supplementary exams among other issues.

Fako told the packed student body meeting that his administration would not impose any decision without consulting students.

He explained that because the bar is located near some students’s living blocks, there have been concerns that it was disturbing some students in their studies.

He said that one of the ideas that has been suggested is the relocation of the bar.

Fako told students that this year there will be no Intervarsity games because the management of the University of Lesotho and Swaziland had indicated that they could not host the games.

About the issue of School of Medicine, Fako revealed that it’s a new Faculty and may be experiencing some problems.

“There is a new building coming up in the school and if they do not finish it in time, we get confused but we will not receive a building which is not finished simply because we are under pressure. It is your safety that comes first,” said Fako.

He pointed out that the University is still waiting for certificates proving that the building is completed.

He assured students at the school of medicine that the University was working hard to address the shortage of lecturers and other related issues.

Fako told the students that the supplementary Examination were not phased out but that they were a pilot project.

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