Chanco suspends classes over attacks on lecturers
Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) on Monday morning resolved to suspend teaching and learning at the college following students' attack on their lecturers who are specialists in Special Needs Education and History.
The attacks, according to our highly placed sources at the college, were part of a demonstration the students held on Friday in protest against their administration for refusing to register them unless they paid half of the new K55,000 annual fees.
"One student threw a stone at one lecturer [name withheld] as she was teaching in the Great Hall. She immediately stopped teaching and left the class.
"The same evening, another student also stoned in the dark as one professor [name withheld] walked to his car; while another lecturer's vehicle was also splashed with beer.
"It was a crazy Friday because some students had a mini -demonstration around campus and blocked access to the college with barricades," said the source.
Due to these incidences, Ccasu on Monday released a brief statement to its members, announcing suspension of classes.
"Ccasu has this [Monday] morning resolved to suspend teaching until the safety of its members is assured.
"Ccasu has further resolved to hold an urgent and crucial meeting with Management and leadership of Succ [Students Union of Chancellor College] over this issue.
"Since the safety of teaching staff is not restricted to Ccasu members, all lecturers are advised to note this resolution and Ccasu members to act in accordance with the resolution until advised otherwise," read the announcement in part purportedly from the Ccasu leadership.
Efforts to speak to Ccasu president Sunduzwayo Madise and Succ president Patrick Phiri were unsuccessful as both could not answer phone calls yesterday but they were reportedly locked up in a meeting.