Language barrier: African student quits LU

LUCKNOW: A South African student enrolled in masters of education (MEd) course at Lucknow University has quit midway accusing teachers of ‘maltreatment’.

In his complaint lodged on the chief minister’s portal, alleged that despite his repeated requests teachers did not change the medium of teaching from to English. He has also posted a video narrating his woes in his class’s WhatsApp group. Even appeal to senior LU officials evoked no response, he further alleged.

In his complaint, Tsolo said he came to India in quest of better education which would help him in opening a school in his home town — in South Africa. He alleged that ever since he joined the university, language was a barrier in teaching and learning, and added that he had raised the issue several times with the faculty dean, department head, international student advisor and regional officer of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) but in vain. Owing to the language barrier, Tsolo claimed, he failed to pass the first semester of his course.

Tsolo also alleged that despite assurances nothing was done to address his problem and added that the second semester was conducted by scholars who had no command over English language. Tsolo in his complaint admitted that he resorted to cheating during the examinations as he did not want to fail. He also accused some scholars of using mobile phones to assist students during the examinations.

Seeking assistance from the CM, Tsolo in his complaint stated that there were some lecturers who never took classes and students wrote the examination without any communication from teachers.

LU spokesperson Prof NK Pandey termed Tsolo’s allegations as baseless.

“He failed both the semesters which clearly shows that he was unable to cope with the system. In addition, he was also caught using unfair means. His failure resulted in his scholarship getting terminated by ICCR. In such a situation, he had no option but to quit,” said Pandey.
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