They are pressing the University of Malawi-UNIMA Council to resolve the disparities among staff under similar grades in its four constituent colleges.
These include the Polytechnic, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Chancellor College.
Spokesperson for the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union Anthony Gunde has been pointing out that all colleges under UNIMA are basically one entity, hence the need to put all staff at all institutions under one salary structure.
The development has disrupted the academic calendar, and students remain in the dark as to when classes will resume.
The students have been expressing worry over the closure of the university as a result of the academic staff strike.
They believe this will continue to disturb them, both socially and psychologically.
“This is a worrying trend. It is difficult to students to adjust once they return to class after months of staying idle,” says the president of the college’s students’ union, Sylvester Ayuba James.
“This will definitely affect our output,” James adds.
Last year, students missed over three months of learning after the indefinite closure of the college.
It has been a long standing trend for classes at public colleges to be disrupted over several disagreements, ranging from demands for salary increments by lecturers to students opposing tuition fee hikes.
Critics believe this affects output in the tertiary institutions, putting the education standards in jeopardy in the process.
The university of Malawi Council is currently attempting to reach agreements with the chancellor College Staff over the salary disparities.