Faculty of Education & School Development

Special Rules, Articles and Procedures

The succeeding section elaborates special rules and procedures applicable to Faculty of Education and School Development students and staff as derived from Legislative, Institutional and campus operational policy. 

It is fundamental that all students and staff be familiar with the policies and procedures. 

Derived from the institutional general prospectus, these rules, articles and procedures are referred to henceforth as the G-rules.


The following rules and procedures shall apply to all students to determine their eligibility for readmission to academic programmes according to Section Section 37 (4) of the Higher Education Act, Act 101 of 1997 as amended and paragraph 7 (3) (f) of the Institutional Statute stipulate that Council with the approval of Senate may refuse readmission to a student who fails to satisfy minimum requirements for readmission.

G7.1 Purpose of Exclusion Rules

a) To maintain a quality learning and teaching environment and to encourage academic throughput Students should be incentivised to perform academically and non-performing students who are unlikely to meet minimum exit level requirements within the stipulated time cause a strain on already depleted resources.

b) To increase access for poorly performing students who continue in the system without satisfactory progress limit and/or deny space to new University entrants.

c) Financial viability: Poorly performing students negatively affect the throughput rate and diminish subsidy earnings based on teaching output units.

G7.2 To be readmitted in the following year, whether to the same level or to the next level of study, a student must have met the following minimum requirements:

a) The student must attain the minimum credit requirements as stipulated in the tables below;

b) Where applicable, the student must be on track to attain in the required time the exit level courses (for example, major subjects) necessary for obtaining the qualification.

G7.3 Progression rules will include the following: 

Maximum Period of Study - Full-time Students in Standard Programmes 


Minimum Period
of Study

Maximum Period
of Study

120 credits 1 year 2 years
360+ credits 3 years 5 years
480+ credits 4 years 6 years


Maximum Period of Study - Part-time Students

Minimum Period
of Study
Maximum Period
of Study
120 credits 2 years 3 years


2. Credit Requirements for Full-time Students

One-year Programme (Total credits: 120)

Study Period Minimum Credits
After 1 year 40 credits
After 2 years 80 credits


Four-year Programme (Total credits: 480)

Study Period Minimum Credit
After 1 year 40 credits
After 2 years 110 credits
After 3 years 200 credits
After 4 years 290 credits
After 5 years 380 credits
After 6 years 480 credits


Part-Time Students (Total Credits: 120)

Study Period Minimum Credits
After 1 year 40 credits
After 2 years 80 credits
After 3 years 120 credits



The following process must be followed when considering whether a student ought to be excluded:

G11.1 After the publication of examination results, the Registrar through Deputy Registrars shall prepare an electronic list of possible candidates for academic exclusion and make the list available to all Deans and HODs.

G11.2 HODs must identify students for possible exclusion and submit the names to the Faculty  Examinations Board at the end of each semester and each year-end examination for consideration.

G11.3 Exclusion lists will serve at SENEX for approval together with the results of the examinations.

G11.4 The Dean will inform the excluded students in writing immediately after SENEX approval.


G12.1 Process for excluded students:

a) All students have a right to appeal provided their appeals reach the Dean of the Faculty within TWO weeks after the Dean has notified them of their exclusion.

b) Each faculty will have a Faculty Appeal Committee (FAC).

c) A student must submit the appeal in writing (either printed or electronic copies via e-mail) to the Dean’s Office, with full motivation and supporting documentation.

d) An appeal shall be invalid and will not be considered if it is:

  • Filed out of time
  • Not properly motivated
  • iWithout credible supplementary documentation and/ or
  • submitted orally, telephonically and/ or via mobile messaging services.

G12.2 Faculty Appeal Committee (FAC) Membership

The Faculty Appeal Committee (FAC) shall be constituted as follows:

  • The Dean or the representative (Chairperson).
  • Five Senior Academics of the Faculty designated by the Dean.
  • Two Student Representatives (observers).
  • A (non-voting) Secretary to record the proceedings.

G12.3 Faculty Appeal Committee Terms of Reference 

The Faculty Appeal Committee shall:

a) Consider the appeals from students who have been excluded.

b) In the interest of fair and equitable application of rules to all students in the same situation, not deviate from the prescribed rules set in the General Rules and in the Faculty prospectus.

c) Decide whether or not there is merit in the appeal.

d) Record the reasons for a particular decision both in respect of favourable and unfavourable outcomes.