Trinity College nursing students hold demo over allowances

Trinity College of Nursing and Midwifery students in Nsanje on Tuesday held peaceful demonstrations following misunderstandings that are there between the college management and the students on the allocation of allowances.

Students who started boycotting classes accused the college authorities of only giving them K28, 000 per month when deployed for practical in various health facilities which they claim is not enough in the wake of rising cost of living.

The disgruntled students marched from the college campus to Fatima Parish Priest house where they presented a copy of their petition which has been addressed to Trinity Hospital Administrator.

“We are against the K28, 000 a month allocation allowance which is on the lower side in the wake of rising cost of living. How can we survive with such money which caters for rentals, transport and all basic needs including food,” said one of the concerned students.

They further appeal to the college authorities to stop giving them the money however the later should be meeting all the costs incurred when the former are deployed for practicals in various health facilities.

“If anything, the college should be footing all the expenses direct to the service and rent providers as we are not interested in the money,” the student said.

The students also wondered why the college officials are forcing them to leave the campus if they do not adhere to the current conditions.

“The college authorities have directed that if we do not adhere to their condition on the issue, we must leave the campus,” revealed the student.

Both Hospital Administrator, William Allan and Fatima Parish priest, Father Felix Byzakulima acknowledged receipt of the petition.

Allan refused to comment on the issues as he referred this reporter to the College Principal.

However the College Principal Memory Bwanali expressed ignorance on all the issues the students have raised including the demonstrations saying was in Blantyre attending a meeting.

“I am not aware of whatever you are asking me. I do not know the issues the students have raised,” said Bwanali.

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