MASERU — Lecturers and non-academic staff from the country’s tertiary institutions this week launched a new union to promote the rights of academic staff.
The union, called Federation of Higher Education Trade Unions (FEHETU), says it will seek to advance higher education and research in Lesotho.
The union’s spokesperson, Mothepa Ndumo, said in a press statement that the federation wants to promote the rights of lecturers and improve higher learning.
Ndumo said institutions of higher learning were currently suffering from a serious shortage of resources.
“Institutions of higher learning in Lesotho are badly resourced. There are no good research budgets for lecturers and students.
“It’s like we are not much of a priority as other people,” Ndumo said.
The statement said the lecturers’ union will also seek to promote better standards of living, social security and fair working conditions for lecturers.
“It goes without saying that the higher education sector of any country constitutes its brains trust and is thus crucial to its development needs, its labour market needs and indeed other sectors of the economy.”
“The establishment of this kind of federation should be considered by all stakeholders as a positive development which will contribute to harmonious labour relations in the higher education sector.”
FEHETU is a coalition of unions that are registered under the Labour Code Order No. 22 of 1992 which are active in the higher education sector.
It has members from the National University of Lesotho, Lerotholi Polytechnic, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Lesotho College of Education.