Polytechnic students will have to await a little longer to be back in class as the call by their lecturers for a 30% pay hike has been snubbed by the University Council.
The whole of last week, the lecturers at the institution in Blantyre have been on striking demanding a salary hike from their employers – a development that saw the students relive the time they were not in school for about two months last year after a heightened row on students allowances.
But in a letter, the University Council has advised the lecturers to stop the strike saying they are not enough funds to meet their needs.
The Council cites that the sought hike would see a lot of projects at the institution stall as funds are being required to run numerous activities at the school.
It also cites that the hike would be demeaning as the economy continues to stumble and that it would also be an insult to Malawians who are the tax payers.
It states that in 2014-15 academic year, it gave in to the request by the lecturers by making a 33% hike in their perks.
The Council while acknowledging that the lecturers have a right to make such a call, it has asked lecturers to report for work by 30th March and that those who do not must see their names filed to the council.
However, Malawi24 has highly been informed that the lecturers will stick to their ground on the request for the hike,something which would see the students remain out of class for a longer period.
Last the institution’s school calendar year got disturbed again when it sealed after a disagreement between the students and school authorities on loan payment led to student riots.
The students were then called back to the institution a month later.