Limkok­wing sus­pends classes

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

LIMKOK­WING Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy (LUCT) has sus­pended classes in­def­i­nitely af­ter the stu­dents’ strike to protest de­lays in dis­burs­ing Na­tional Man­power De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tariat (NMDS) al­lowances.

Stu­dents boy­cotted classes on Mon­day and took to the streets to de­mand al­lowances, say­ing they could not learn while hun­gry and un­der pres­sure from land­lords who were in­sist­ing on rent pay­ments.

They burned grass, wood and tyres near the univer­sity cam­pus and erected bar­ri­cades on the road to block traf­fic.

This prompted the univer­sity’s Regis­trar, Moroka Hoohlo, to an­nounce the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of classes in re­sponse to the stu­dents’ ac­tions that were “get­ting out of con­trol”.

One of stu­dents told the Lesotho Times on con­di­tion of anonymity that he could not un­der­stand why NMDS waited to be jolted into ac­tion by stu­dent strikes ev­ery year to re­lease their al­lowances.

“Why should strikes trend ev­ery year be­fore we get our al­lowances and what is hap­pen­ing within NMDS that is al­ways caus­ing de­lays in the dis­burse­ment of our al­lowances,” the stu­dent asked.

“We can’t learn on empty stom­achs and we can’t learn when we have the pres­sure of land­lords de­mand­ing their rent. They want their rent now and we do not have it. We are also hun­gry so we can’t con­cen­trate in class,” he said.

He said they had lost faith in the Stu­dents Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC) to han­dle the is­sue and were con­vinced the strike was the way to go.

“We there­fore de­cided to go on strike be­cause we have re­alised that it’s the only thing that al­ways helps us to get the money,” he said.

For his part, the LUCT SRC Pres­i­dent, Mot­latsi Khauta, said they were com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing all is­sues af­fect­ing stu­dents and called on the stu­dents to trust them.

A MO­TORIST avoids one of the stones.

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer re­moves some of the stones thrown on the road.

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