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NUL lecturers agree to take extra classes

Staff Reporter MASERU — In a rare sign of harmony at the National University of Lesotho (NUL), lecturers have agreed to a request by the university senate that they take weekend classes.
The Saturday classes started yesterday after the Lesotho University Teachers and Researchers (Lutaru) quickly agreed to the request at a meeting during the week.

Senate wants the lecturers to teach on Saturdays so that the university comes back to normal. The calendar was disrupted by strikes. The weekend classes will enable the university to complete this semester by April as has always been the case. If Lutaru had refused to take the extra classes the semester was going to end in June as did the last one. Probably anticipating resistance the senate, which is chaired by Vice – Chancellor Professor Sharon Siverts, had indicated that it was willing to negotiate some form of compensation for the lecturers.

Yesterday Lutaru president Motšelisi Mokhethi said the union had agreed to the request “because we thought it was a good idea”. Mokhethi said Lutaru members had not asked for compensation “because they are professionals who want the university to work”. “The senate was prepared to negotiate but as Lutaru we thought there was no need for that,” she said yesterday. “As I speak now today’s classes have gone very well. We agreed to teach because we believe that it is the right thing to do. We need to go back to the normal calendar.”

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