Lecturers at Lupane State University (LSU) have gone on strike after the institution refused to raise their salaries.
The development was confirmed by the University’s director of marketing and communication, Zwelithini Dlamini.
A memorandum addressed to Acting Registrar Dr Cecilia Makoni by LSU Academic Staff Association Secretary-General, Dr Nkululeko Sibanda reads:
Association members have refused to take up block, parallel and extra load classes at the current rates offered by the University.
The Lupane State University Academic Staff Association members will only take up these classes once the rates have been reviewed upwards.
Meanwhile, Dr Makoni told the striking academic staff that it was not possible to raise their salaries. She wrote:
In a discussion with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, it was observed that the University’s attempt to increase tuition fees was turned down by the parent Ministry.
Part-time claims are fully funded by tuition fees. As a result any review shall not be possible without a review of tuition fees.