MMCET goes berserk: Plans to kidnap Education Minister unveiled
Students of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) yesterday went crazy in the streets of Freetown demanding answers for the prolonged strike action of their lecturers who they say have reneged on their duty to teach for reason they noted is not made clear and not in their interest.
Lecturers of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) have been on a prolonged strike action which has inhibited the course of education for students, especially those in the examination classes. Deprived students who are bearing the brunt of this unsettled strike action taken by lecturers have intimated to Sierra Express Media that the main reason for lecturers to go on indefinite strike was due to the non-payment of salaries and as such, they are taking the impact.
â€œThis is a complete negligence on the part of authorities concern and the Government for not meeting the 20 percent increment on basic salaryâ€, protested one final year Electrical Engineering student, who prefers anonymity. â€œThe prolonged strike action on the part of lecturersÂ is a setback that has not only impacted on students, but it is one that will have an incorrigible future effect on Sierra Leone,â€ he envisaged. It could be remembered that this strike action has been going on for nearly a month now and nothing has been done about it as so far.
Parents who have their children at this institution are worried about their education, and worst of all what has baffled them is the long silence and complacency manifested by the education authorities over the strike action. While this reporter was about going press, Â breaking news from the Congo Cross Campus reached SEM that students of the said institution have barricaded the entrance leading to the college campus in protest of their right to learning not met by the appropriate authorities and that secret plans exist to kidnap the Education Minister who according to them has been complacent about the affairs of not only them at MMCET but of the plights of the entire studentship of the country.
Speaking to one John T.K Kaimachende on a telephone line from Congo Cross Campus, he said Police have besieged the college environs while this peaceful demonstration was going on in order to prevent some students from doing mayhem. In the midst of this commotion and noise leading to the college entrance, hundreds of students from the various departments have mobilized to stage a peaceful march leading to the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport. While there, Kaimachende espoused, they will make sure that the education authorities hear their cry and take the necessary action before things get out hands, he ended.Â
However, some students who are very angry with the careless way in which their right to education is been treated have threatened to take violent action if the ministry failed to correct the situation.
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