REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDIT : UKZN INTERNATIONAL LEVY 2019

REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDIT : UKZN INTERNATIONAL LEVY 2019

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Sombe Yondo started this petition to SRC (Students Representative Council)

Dear SRC,

As part of the international students body we are facing challenges although we pay an extreme amount of international levy on top of the academic fees , those in positions of authority at the International Students office which falls under the Corporate Relations Division are not being quite transparent with how the financial books are being handled. We have on multiple occasions asked for annual breakdowns of our budget as it is our right to know how our levy has been used unfortunately this has been to no avail.

Recently, we had a cultural event at the Westville campus and the unexpected happened , when the exec committee of the International Students Association(ISA) were planning about the event the international students were told that this would be a so called "diverse event" and international students would be on the led but that did not happen . All international students at that venue were looking confused and bored because nothing was about them. We have received information about other international students who were avoided entrance into the venue.

There was no single table with the traditional food like what was mentioned on the poster neither a diversity on the event program while the international office had promised that it would outsource the cooking of all countries traditional foods and that these would be displayed at the event. Many students looked confused, questioning among themselves for the unusual situation while they have been charged for the International levy fee and do not have control over it.

It does not help for us to preach all the time saying UKZN welcomes all international students and at the same time they are sidelined at the only event of the year that makes them remember home and connect with other cultures.

While many students express the same sentiments across different social media platforms they are rather hesitant to engage the administrative office for fear of being victimized.

We plead with you the SRC as a representative of all students to help us unearth any mismanagement that may be going in the following ways :

1 .Request audit management to conduct a comprehensive turnover audit ,to ensure that all staff currently employed by International office management will retain employment so as to not jeopardize the standard of service that supposed to be delivered.

2. An internal audit of the staff that are employed at the international students office to ensure effective and efficient use of the institution's proper human resource procedures .

3. And Conduct an internal budget audit for 2019 to ensure that international student levy is used efficiently. 

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