Monday, November 12, 2007

SOLVE THE CRISIS AT UNIMA..

I hear the industrial action at the University of Malawi has resumed today after the lecturers went back to class last week waiting for government to do something about their demands for a pay rise. What a fiasco with the academic calendar already in tatters! Remember there was a selection for entrants into the university not so long ago. Will it be a case of having two first year classes in 2008? Really, someone, somewhere needs to take decisive action to clear out the mess.
Having taught at the Polytechnic for two academic years, I understand the lecturers' demands...it is not easy to teach, especially if the student is academically-challenged --you need alot of patience! Put in the long hours of researching and getting ready for a lecture...some students are really smart and you have to prove your mettle that you deserve to teach them.
To this mix throw in marking during exams...my goodness! It is back-breaking. So when you receive not so much at the end of the day, you tend to question: Is it worth it to go on or should I be part of the statistics for brain?

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