Polytechnic lecturers to continue boycotting classes despite meeting the president yesterday
Lecturers at The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi have said they will continue with their strike despite meeting President Joyce Banda at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Monday over their pay hike demand.
Secretary General of The Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare Mr. Gift Khangamwa told Zodiak Online that the situation will remain the same the same until they meet to chat the way forward.
He said the meeting they had with the president was not meant to lobby, but rather to inform the Malawi leader on their demands already presented to the University of Malawi Council.
He said they will meet council again this week.
In a related development, stone-wielding students have injured a police officer in clashes at the Polytechnic, University of Malawi at Blantyre in protests supporting lecturers demanding a 113 percent salary raise.
Students are angry that classes stopped nearly a month ago.
Malawi’s government has faced wildcat strikes by public workers since it floated the kwacha in May and it lost half its value.