Education Ministry Regrets UNZA Strike Action
By Editor - Wed Jun 27, 7:51 pm
The Ministry of Education has regretted the strike actions taken by University of Zambia lecturers. Education Minister Dr. John Phiri says it will determine terms and conditions of service that will help in resolving disparities and conditions of service at public Universities and colleges.
The Ministry has also put in place measures that will further assist to eliminate the causes of huge debts which universities have accrued over the years. The Minister said this in response to the strike action taken by UNZA lecturers. On Tuesday night UNZA students protested over what they termed government’s alleged failure to open the institution.
Earlier the students gave government a one day ultimatum to address the delay in opening the institution or face protests. UNZA was supposed to open on Sunday, June 24, 2012.
Lecturers at the institution withheld student’s results demanding
salary increment and better conditions of service, the move that prompted the university’s senate to postpone the opening dates indefinitely.
The University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union-UNZALARU- has since vowed that the strike action by lecturers will continue following failure to reach a consensus with management over salary hike.