‘Senate’s statement is a cry for help’

‘Senate’s statement is a cry for help’

MASERU – THE National University of Lesotho (NUL) council will meet on Friday to discuss the Senate’s decision to suspend classes and cancel examinations. Council chairperson Tseko Bohloa told thepost the Senate’s decision was a “statement” and a “cry for help”.
“I feel they are saying we cannot do what we are expected to do because we don’t have the financial means. They were considering the financial situation of the university,” Bohloa said.

He said although the decision is regrettable he empathised with the Senate. He however said it is not his role as chairperson to pass judgement on the Senate decision. “The Senate acted within its limit. But it is important that there is the council which is the body that can review that decision,” Bohloa said.

He said the council will have to consider the interests of the students, parents, the government, staff and other stakeholders in making its decision.
“As a citizen I believe this is a problem that should be handled with extreme care. We really have to find a balance.”

He said there is an indication that the government and the university are prepared to discuss a sustainable funding model.
“I believe we have started engaging. We have to find a working funding model so that we don’t face similar problems.”

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