CONFUSION AT POLY: STUDENTS SENT PACKING DESPITE ANNOUNCEMENT ON RE-OPENING

The Polytechnic has this morning
sent back Continuing
Education Centre (CEC)
students for weekend classes
and some residential
students who were communicated to resume
their classes today and
tomorrow respectively.

“We
have been ordered that
classes should not resume
today until further notice. It’s powers from above and
there is nothing we can do
about it,” one of the CEC
officials a Mr. Supada, told
scores of students who
arrived this morning at the campus for classes.

“We
have been told to go back
home until some issues are
resolved. They said, if any
development, they will
communicate to us again.” said one of the students,
who opted for anonymity.

This has come barely a day
after the Polytechnic
announced that the college
will open tomorrow (Monday).

“The Polytechnic
wishes to inform its students
and the general public that
following the Chancellor’s
(President Mutharika) address made on 5th June 2011, the Polytechnic will officially re-open on 4 th July 2011 to continue with its 2010/2011 academic year,”
reads a statement pressed in
the media on Saturday.

“We
advise (residential and non
residential) with the exception of 4 th year Bachelor of MSE students, to
report for classes tomorrow. The 4th year BMSE students will report for classes during the second semester. For
residential students, we are
asking them to report on
campus today (Sunday) with
the first meal to be served being supper and registration
is expected tomorrow and
Tuesday.

“Students who did not complete payment of 1 st semester financial contribution are requested to
pay their balances…,’ add the
statement.

Commenting on
the development,
Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare
(Pascow) president Griffin
Salima said they were not
even still sure if they would
start teaching tomorrow as
demanded by President Bingu wa Mutharika saying
the lectures will be meeting
tomorrow to map the way
forward. He said the
academic staff were still
waiting for the University Council to fulfill one
outstanding condition the
lecturers set for the two
parties to reach a consensus.

“The Council has fulfilled all
but one condition, which we think would hinder us from
going to work. We asked
the Council to withdraw the
firing of the four lecturers
(Blessings Chinsinga, Garton
Kamchedzera and Franz Amini), which they have not
done,” he said

In a related
development, Council of the
Univesity of Malawi (Unima)
inconjunction with
Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) and Non-
Ccasu academic staff
members have resolved to
extend holiday for Chanco
students until further notice.

A joint press statement issued and signed by
University Registrar
Benedicto Wokmaatani
Malunga said the parties in
the meeting made significant
progress towards resolving all the issues surrounding the
academic impasse.

“The
parties are committed to
resolve the issues and to the
reopening of the college. In
the meanwhile, students are advised to wait for an
announced on the date of the
reopening of the college,”
reads Malunga’s statement in
part. @ Malawi Voice

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The Polytechnic has this morning
sent back Continuing
Education Centre (CEC)
students for weekend classes
and some residential
students who were communicated to resume
their classes today and
tomorrow respectively.

“We
have been ordered that
classes should not resume
today until further notice. It’s powers from above and
there is nothing we can do
about it,” one of the CEC
officials a Mr. Supada, told
scores of students who
arrived this morning at the campus for classes.

“We
have been told to go back
home until some issues are
resolved. They said, if any
development, they will
communicate to us again.” said one of the students,
who opted for anonymity.

This has come barely a day
after the Polytechnic
announced that the college
will open tomorrow (Monday).

“The Polytechnic
wishes to inform its students
and the general public that
following the Chancellor’s
(President Mutharika) address made on 5th June 2011, the Polytechnic will officially re-open on 4 th July 2011 to continue with its 2010/2011 academic year,”
reads a statement pressed in
the media on Saturday.

“We
advise (residential and non
residential) with the exception of 4 th year Bachelor of MSE students, to
report for classes tomorrow. The 4th year BMSE students will report for classes during the second semester. For
residential students, we are
asking them to report on
campus today (Sunday) with
the first meal to be served being supper and registration
is expected tomorrow and
Tuesday.

“Students who did not complete payment of 1 st semester financial contribution are requested to
pay their balances…,’ add the
statement.

Commenting on
the development,
Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare
(Pascow) president Griffin
Salima said they were not
even still sure if they would
start teaching tomorrow as
demanded by President Bingu wa Mutharika saying
the lectures will be meeting
tomorrow to map the way
forward. He said the
academic staff were still
waiting for the University Council to fulfill one
outstanding condition the
lecturers set for the two
parties to reach a consensus.

“The Council has fulfilled all
but one condition, which we think would hinder us from
going to work. We asked
the Council to withdraw the
firing of the four lecturers
(Blessings Chinsinga, Garton
Kamchedzera and Franz Amini), which they have not
done,” he said

In a related
development, Council of the
Univesity of Malawi (Unima)
inconjunction with
Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) and Non-
Ccasu academic staff
members have resolved to
extend holiday for Chanco
students until further notice.

A joint press statement issued and signed by
University Registrar
Benedicto Wokmaatani
Malunga said the parties in
the meeting made significant
progress towards resolving all the issues surrounding the
academic impasse.

“The
parties are committed to
resolve the issues and to the
reopening of the college. In
the meanwhile, students are advised to wait for an
announced on the date of the
reopening of the college,”
reads Malunga’s statement in
part. @ Malawi Voice

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