A crisis is brewing at Lupane State University after block release lectures which started on Monday have been affected by a lecturers’ strike over remuneration.
The July 2019 block release lectures commenced this Monday at the Lupane State University.
However, in a memo by the students representative council directed to the University, the students say they are not having lectures.
The students are also complaining that they will not be reimbursed either financially or in terms of learning hours lost.
The ZBC News witnessed several empty lecture rooms and students who were milling around at the university’s Bulawayo campus housed at the National Railways of Zimbabwe Building in the City Centre.
The Acting Registrar, Dr C S Makoni earlier said that in order to address the situation, there should be attempts to engage the striking lecturers, and that should the lecturers not be willing to cooperate, the institution must engage the services of external part-time lecturers with immediate effect.
Lupane State University Director for Marketing And Public Relations, Mr Zwelithini Dlamini confirmed there is a crisis at the institution.
“Management is seized with that matter and as I talk to you right now we are in a meeting, we are engaging lecturers to make them understand that there is no adjustment of the fees so therefore there is no adjustment of their rates,” he said.
According to information gathered from the concerned parties, lecturers were banking on the adjustment of the fees for the block students as the basis for their own pay rate increase.
As it stands, this has not happened and most of the students are not learning.