The Natural Resources College (NRC) has been temporarily closed following a strike by students at the college.
During the strike, the students are said to have damaged the college’s property. According to a memorandum signed by Registrar of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), Philip Kaonda, the students were told to vacate the campus by 5 o’clock yesterday.
“In view of the illegal strike by NRC students which has resulted in students damaging University property, Council of the University has closed NRC campus effective today, 21 September, 2016,’’ reads the memorandum.
One of the students, Daniel Munthali, said the police beat up some of the students. “They just told us to leave the campus because there were some demonstrations by the students but the students were only trying to give a petition to the council on the hiked fees. But the police came in and started firing tear gas and in some apartments our friends have been injured and others beaten,” he said.
According to a press statement released on Monday Luanar increased tuition fees for all undergraduate diploma and degree programmes offered by the university by an average of 45 per cent. The new fees range from K55 000 to K300 000 per year, are effective during the 2016/2017 academic semester.
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