NUL students protest over funding

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National University of Lesotho

By Seleoe Nonyane

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) students unleashed today an unprecedented violent protest forcing others to abandon examinations.

The strike is due to a slash to the students’ allowances by the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS).

One of the students from the university said that they decided to wage a strike “because NMDS announced that they will not provide students with their full monthly allowance but can only meet them half way with just M450.” He said students were informed they were entitled to allowances for the days they spend on campus.

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But the learners were adamant they were entitled to an undisclosed amount for rental accommodation

The protest turned violent at the campus as stones and other dangerous items were used to damage the school property. Forcing the police to be called to the scene.

Some students who had already sat down for the examinations were disrupted from continuing writing.

An unidentified student was recorded as saying there were examinations taking place this morning but some students barged into the examination rooms forcing others to quit writing.

Another student confirmed that indeed examinations were disrupted this morning and the situation remains tense.

It is believed the Students Representative Council was attending to the matter.

At the time of going to press, developments about the situation were unclear as the policy had been called in to quell the protest by rampaging learners.