He is being faulted for taking a passive approach to the impasse between the University of Malawi Council and the Chancellor College Academic staff.
The rift between the two parties has led to the prolonged closure of the constituent college of the University, Chancellor College, a development that has angered students.
Both the minister and the Chancellor of the University of Malawi President Peter Mutharika have been silent on the matter.
This is however despite the fact that students from the college delivered a petition asking for the Malawi leader’s intervention almost a month ago.
In previous interviews, the president insisted that, though he is Chancellor of the University he is not mandated to intervene in matters concerning it and it is up to the council to iron things out if need arises.
Those that spoke to Capital FM on the streets if Blantyre had no kind words for the minister and demanded that he step down.
When contacted by phone, the minister stressed that even though critics are speaking ill of him, they are only doing so because they do not know how the university is supposed to be run.
When questioned on why exactly he has not been commenting on the matter since commencement of the strike two months ago, Fabiano hung up without giving a proper reply.
Last week the council met with the representatives of Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (CCASU) in an attempt to resolve the matter.
During the meeting they agreed on starting negotiations Tuesday this week.
The Lecturers however reportedly received a Communication from UNIMA through its Registrar Benedicto Malunga that the negotiations are not taking place.
According to Malunga the Lecturers are not coming forward for discussions despite being invited.
He added that even outside the country, doctors are paid more than their counterparts hinting that the increment may not be possible but was however reluctant to confirm it.