Fees hike at University of Malawi for mature students face

University of Malawi has  increased its tuition fees for mature  students from 2016/17 academic calendar , according to a leaked memo dated May 12, 2016 from office of the University Registrar as seen by Nyasa Times.

Malunga: Signed the memo

Malunga: Signed the memo

Unima letter

Signed by the University registrar Benedicto Malunga, the memo indicates that the University has agreed to vary fees for mature students and generic students.

“I write to advise that Council of the University of Malawi resolved to adjust the fees paid by its mature students upwards,” communicates the memo.

The University has said that all the students that will be admitted in the 2016/17 academic year will be subject to the new fee change agreed at an extraordinary meeting of the Council for the University of Malawi.

Mature entry admitted to Chancellor College in Zomba will be required to pay K900,000 tuition fees, according to the memo.

College of Medicine will charge K1.4 million; Kamuzu College of Nursing K1 million and Polytechnic  fees is now pegged at K950,000.

Fees were at K275,000 before the increase.

University of Malawi spokesperson Peter Mitunda confirmed the adjustments.

Mitunda said government did not want to subside fees for mature entry students who largely come from working class.

But the astronomical rise in university tuition fees for mature students has received criticism from commentators.

President of Economist Association of Malawi, Henry Kachaje, took to Facebook  to denounce the adjustment.

“ We are creating an elite society where only the rich will have access to university education, thus deepening the divide between the rich and the poor (80% of normal selection already comes from private schools).

“But I still believe that we can find a way to make education accessible to all especially that education still remains the greatest equaliser between the rich and the poor,” Kachaje wrote.

Most people commenting on social media  dubbed the increase “an outrage”.

They argued that the fees hike will have  a serious and damaging impact on second chance students, those who didn’t go to university after school but have seen the prospect of mature studies as an opportunity to improve their education and career prospects some years later.

The fess hike will be a deterrent for mature students, they observed.

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20 thoughts on “Fees hike at University of Malawi for mature students face”

  1. Headteacher says:

    I would not say that this was unexpected from a government that wants easy money for their personal use while the ordinary citizens are wallowing in hardship.

  2. sam says:

    The effects of Kwacha depreciation, when kwacha moves from 450 to 750 within 1 year, this is what heppens the public suffer. Even exminations come from Abroad. Imagine 1pound is now over Mk1000.00. Chuka please help as without education Malawi cannot progress. Chuka give Malawi a stable Kwacha please

  3. Hypertext says:

    Let there will be done for who HE is owning them is watching. HE will provide a way forward for a better tomorrow for you and me. Heal the World!

  4. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    Malawi. It is high time we stopped crying to THE CREATURE, trusting in the arm of the flesh, for it will not helped us!!!! Let us instead, each one of us, humble ourselves, pray TO OUR LOVING AND FORGIVING HEAVENLY FATHER YAHWEH GOD ALONE, whilst turning away from ALL our wicked ways and HYPOCRISIES, and He will surely pardon and HEAL US AND RESTORE US AGAIN. IF WE DON’T DO THIS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT-FORWARD COMMAND FROM THE LOVING LORD AND SAVIOUR, THE ONLY ONE FOR THAT MATTER, AND IF WE WILL CONTINUE BEING DISOBEDIENT TO HIS COMMAND, WE SHOULD NOT EXPECT A TURN-AROUND OF OUR CURRENT STATUS FOR THE GOD-PLANNED-HOLY-BETTER-AND PROSPEROUS-LIFE FOR ALL OF US!!!! AMEN!!!!!

  5. Khwisa says:

    Please help me to understand the issue, is the hike pegged per annum or semester? Much as I support the hike on grounds that Mature Entry is meant for the working class as much funds realised from there will be used to support the generic students, the fees are too much even for the working class.

  6. Bevulo says:

    Please, please, please our MPs save us from these selfish people. Enafe sitinaphunzire kwathu kudalibe ndalama, tayamba kaganyu komanso kubwereza school ndicholinga choti tizikankhe. Koma apa zitheka? Nkhondotu iyi akuiyambayi ndithu.

  7. Sandram says:

    This is crazy, I mean thats why poor people will never succeed in education. I wonder why there is no fees must fall. We give you more respect hopefully.

  8. Jahan says:

    Why show us the memo and then rewrite what’s on the memo on the article? I mean, now O had to read the same thing twice? Come on man!

  9. reason says:

    COM ndiyodhula kale sitikudandaula mwina kwa enanu!

  10. Citizen says:

    SO YOU GUYS KNOW THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE CAN AFORD AND YOU WENT AHEAD TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW FEES!!!

    WHO ARE YOU TARGETING TO RECEIVE HIGHER EDUCATION?

  11. J D says:

    If education is the key, tell me why the bigger heads try to make it expensive for we?

  12. youna says:

    This is what Headmasters and policemen wanted pa May 2014 paja…… Tiyeni nazo!

  13. Amos says:

    Hey, that’s total madness, how can you raise the tuition by over 200%, do you want your kids only to access higher education. Tikumatchani if you will not revise downwards in thirty days.

  14. Mzakwacha, says:

    Thats what malawians wanted.I have had said,peter is a man and half.He doesnt reason.He thinks that malawians have monies like himself.Amalawi,yembekezani,zina zoposa apa will come.Unalibwino kwambiri i even gave u advise,when bingu was alive/when u were in oposition.What has changed u peter qoata system mutharika?Except ur wife and may be mulanje and thyolo,everyone is looking for ur neck,do u breath normal peter qsm?I feel pity.Mzakwacha.+27724922299.Pretoria.

  15. ELMO says:

    Thats so rude, “you may wish to select higher numbers since many will not be able to afford’? someone fire that guy Benedicto vichi vichi uko

  16. IWE JOSHUA says:

    Wosauka Alibe
    MAWU !!

  17. generation of vipers says:

    You may wish to select higher numbers considering WHAT!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

  18. ANALYST says:

    A Malawi kusamva! 2012 was just 2 years from 2014 – but you [Malawians] went ahead to vote for the very same idiots who tormented the country with similar policies when Bingu was president!!! And someone cadets will comment here in defence of the DPP!! Mxiiii!!!!!!!!!!!! You want to keep education to yourselves while the poor remein uneducated so that you continue manipulating them… SHAME

  19. Jelbin Mk says:

    Thats the Muntharika’s government way of doing things, they don’t want progress and are non concerned when the gap between the poor and the rich widens. It makes them happy that people should be calling them “the most educated Peter and Chaponda” while all i all they are educated fools.

  20. Myao says:

    Mutharikas reasoning is that those already educated should remain at the top, all who’d want to upgrade should relegate themselves to the unpopular community colleges-please we’re not in colonial era not to mention your favoured stone age tactics!

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