The students are protesting today about change at the North West University. They are doing it under the banner of "Sal jy opstaan?" #saljyopstaan (Will you stand up?)
I personally won't be standing up today!
As a parent I am extremely grateful that they are finally doing something at the university.
I was appalled at the initiation practices three years back when my daughter started there as a first year. I could not believe that the same initiation practices that we were subjected to in 1985 were still being practices at a higher education institution. I complained at that stage, but was told that it is not initiation! Orientation is not the same as initiation.
This was/is initiation!
I felt like we had failed our children by allowing them to be subjected to this!
Change is a difficult thing, but it is definitely needed in this case!
I wanted my daughter to study at an institution where they are focused on learning and developing a well-rounded person, but in the first year (and even after that), they were subjected to bully behaviour where they are required to conform to the norm, or being forced out of their residences.
I am also glad to hear that other changes about the language and the culture will be instituted!
You can't keep on living in a bubble!
I am glad that the next generation of students won't be subjected to this!
Thanks North West University!
I know I am not going to be popular by saying this!
But as a parent I have to!
- Initiation still ongoing at university
- Initiation update - as sick as a dog!