University of Malawi (Unima) has said Chancellor College (Chanco) in the eastern city of Zomba will not be opening on March 20 as earlier announced following the impending strike by the academic staff.
Chanco registrar Mary Wasiri said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that classes for 2016/17 academic year are not beginning on Monday due to the strike, which the Chanco Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) has planned to stage on the same day.
“To this effect, Ccasu has already filed to the Ministry of Labour a seven-day notice to start striking on 20th March 2017 in the 40 percent salary issue,” a statement by Wasiri reads in part.
“Considering the implications of this, an emergency meeting of Deans Committee held today, 15th March 2017, agreed not to bring students on campus until the issue is resolved,” the statement added.
Chanco student union President Sylvester Ayuba James confirmed of the development, but could not say precisely what they will do as students’ representatives.
“I received communication from the University Registrar yesterday [Wednesday] that we will not be opening as expected since it will coincide with a strike by the academic staff union,” said James.
While James’ tone did not sound inspiring on strategy to have institution opened soonest, most Chanco students have taken to Facebook and Watsapp groups to vent their anger and frustrations.
Unfortunately, the announcement comes at a time when first year students have been on campus for about a week, during which they were undergoing orientation.
They will have to leave campus until when another announcement regarding the opening – which is indefinite – is made.