Blantyre Teachers College students cry foul: ‘Life is unbearable’

Students at Blantyre Teachers Training College (BTTC) are complaining that they are living in harsh conditions with dry taps from Sunday.

The students found the taps dry when they were coming from the teaching practicals.

As if that was not enough to infuriate them, the students went back to the college with dry pockets too as they are yet to receive their November monthly allowances, Nyasa Times understands.

A visit to the college by Nyasa Times this week found several hopeless student teachers chatting around the campus with little prospects of hanging on at the college.

Life unbearable at Blantyre Teachers College

“We are yet to receive our November allowances and how do I stay here when I don’t have soap, texts’ books, pencils and all other school learning materials. Besides there is no water here so how do I survive?” queried one student who is under the Open Distance Learning Program (ODL students) on condition of anonymity.

This is the third Open Distance Learning Program (ODL students) which will end in July 2014.

Another added: “This is not the first time for this to happen. The college has been punishing us through assorted ways since we started school here.”

Efforts to talk to the college principal proved futile as he was not around the campus and his mobile could not be reached.

However, the hostels’ supervisor refused to comment saying he had no mandate to talk on behalf of the college.

For some time, dry taps, poor dieting, bare mattresses has been part of life for students of Blantyre Teachers Training College despite government’s continued promises of improving their welfare.

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