Lecturers at Zambia’s third public university, Mulungushi University (MU) in Kabwe have gone on an indefinite strike demanding a pay increase and accused management of immeasurable irresponsibility, the action has led to management sending all distance education students away.
MU vice Chancellor Professor Hellicy Ngambi confirmed the development and said there was no need to keep students on campus when there were no lessons taking place. Management has however been accused of irresponsibility after awarding themselves huge increments but gave a paltry 21% increment to other lecturers.
Students found packing bags at the institution have complained that the move has drastically affected them as some of them are coming from as far as Luapula and Northern provinces and have to part with transport costs for no apparent reason.
The university which was initiated in the MMD reign has seen massive rejection in infrastructure and human resource development programmes under the PF government, students boycotted classes last year and in due course a building was burnt at the campus.
If the impasse is not settled on time, it will also affect fulltime students who are expected to return in two weeks’ time, leading to another deterioration in education standards in the country.