UniZulu expels pregnant students in last trimester – the Committee for Gender Equality finds

The University of Zululand (UniZulu) "forbids" pregnant students from residencies when they are in their last trimester of pregnancy, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has established.

The committee announced its findings on Thursday following its hearings on gender policy at tertiary institutions.

CGE spokesperson Javu Baloyi told News24 that her legal assistant Mlondolozi Vava met with UniZulu & # 39; s newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC) on October 16th.

The issues raised by the SRC, including the alleged expulsion of pregnant students, include that the university does not provide prenatal services to students (during pregnancy), according to the CGE.

According to the committee, there were other issues that had been raised during the meeting with the SRC: the ambulance of the university that does not assist students in pregnancy-related emergencies, the university expects deaf students to lip-read when they are in class and that the university does not have a policy for sexual harassment, but a design.

The SRC also confirmed that they were not aware of the draft policy, according to the CGE.

"[The] CGE will investigate further and UniZulu was asked to respond in writing, "said Baloyi.

But UniZulu spokesman Gcina Nhleko-Mdluli denied the accusations.

"There is no student who has been chased away from university homes as a result of pregnancy, and there is no policy," she said via e-mail.

Nhleko Mdluli said the findings were "malicious" and "exacerbated the efforts defended by the university in the field of gender issues".

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