MASERU – The Lesotho Opportunities Industrialisation Centre (LOIC) has temporarily suspended classes following a strike by students last week.
This was disclosed by the LOIC Executive Director, Mr. Motloang Letete who said the students engaged in protest last week, adding that they would only reopen the school after deliberations with the school board as well as parents. The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.
“We have temporarily suspended classes. Hopefully, they will resume after the meetings that we are going to convene with the board and the parents tomorrow. We are going to discuss the way forward,” he explained.
He added that students engaged in protest alleging that there was delay in delivering their equipment and that this had forced them to be a bit behind their study schedule, emphasising that the protest was initiated by students from the electrical department.
He said they also alleged that some of the teachers do not attend classes.
Mr. Letete further mentioned that the students were also demanding that their protective clothing, especially overalls, be branded.
He indicated that the situation has to be treated cautiously, saying the students seem to be making it a habit to protest instead of voicing their concerns in a peaceful manner.
This was not the first time LOIC students embarked on a violence strike. In 2016, the students protested against one of the administration officers who was alleged to have taken bribes from some students in order for them to be admitted at the school.
LOIC was established in 1978 by the Lesotho government, in partnership with Opportunities Industrialisation Centre International from America, with the aim to create education and employment opportunities for the less privileged. Lena