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Information blackout worries NRC students

Students from the Natural Resources College (NRC) have expressed worry with continued information blackout from the management of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) on the closure of the college.

The school was temporarily closed last month when the students staged a strike in protest against the 45 percent fees hike.

During the strike, the students vandalised the college property, a development that forced authorities to close it.

But in an interview on Sunday, President of NRC Students Union, Dennis Mahata, said the prolonged silence has left the students in the dark as they do not know any progress on the matter.

Mahata said the students’ body together with NRC management first wrote Luanar a consolidated report which contained an account of what had happened before and after the demonstrations.

Later, the students’ body also on October 10 penned Luanar requesting an urgent response regarding the closure of the college and immediate release of dates of opening the college.

However, there reportedly has been no response from the relevant authorities.

“If they are any complications or protocols taking place that are responsible for the delay, then they must be known to the entire students’ community,” reads part of the letter.

Mahata said the pace at which the matter is being handled is worrisome, arguing it may pose a huge impact on the college’s academic calendar.

Efforts to talk to Luanar Registrar Philip Kaonda proved futile as his mobile phone was out of reach.

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