Government shuts down Malawi College of Health Sciences

Government has closed down the Malawi College of Health Sciences indefinitely because of industrial strike by staff over labour issues.

Malawi College of Health Sciences

A notice says all students were to leave the Lilongwe and Blantyre campuses immediately following the closure.

But some students were going to the High Court in Lilongwe to stop management from closing down the school as we went to press as most of them looked unmoved as they played football and other games and dances.

The students earlier petitioned management to swiftly attend to grievances by staff on pension and other issues, saying the strike is negatively impacting on the students.

The students delivered the petition to management in Lilongwe and Blantyre on Wednesday after the staff went on industrial action to force management pay pension arrears to pension fund managers.

The college had been deducting the staff every month on pension contributions but had not been remitting to pension fund managers since 2015.

One of the students said the students are to sit for their examination in a month time.

“We are remaining with just a month before we sit for our examinations. This strike will therefore negatively affect us as you can see, the cafeteria is closed, cooks are not working, the library is closed,” she said.

Officials from management team were not available for comment.

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