Malawi Institute of Journalism students stage demo against poor learning

Students at Malawi Institute of Journalism Thursday morning staged demonstrations against failure of lecturers to teach them a development they fear would lead to many of them fail finals examinations they are expected to write from May.

 MIJ students who were demonstrating

MIJ students who were demonstrating

The students who carried branches of trees caused commotion at new school campus in Chitawira township chanting anti-management  slogans for depriving them of learning while they have recently almost tripped tuition fees.

They said since the opening of the school in January they rarely enter classes as most of the teachers have not been reporting to classes.

“In most cases we are told that there are no lessons and we spend more time outside classes. Lecturers have been complaining of lack of motivation from the management as there salaries are low and they also receive late. So we feel this should not affect us hence we are rioting,” said one of the protesting students

Another student added: “we are very much concerned because we are no near in completing the syllabus and assignments. Yet we will shortly go on holiday.”

After commotion at the campus the students left the campus for the MIJ radio at Ginnery Corner where some pelted stones at the gate to force their way inside the radio’s buildings.

However they were calmed down by the station’s manger Roslyn Mankhambera who assured them that she will put their grievances to relevant authorities.

However, Mankhambera said she cannot talk to Nyasa Times because “I am not allowed to speak on behalf of the institution”

Executive Director of MIJ Dalitso Nkunika said he had no knowledge of the incident as she was away from Blantyre.

Recently some parents and guardians of the students complained to MIJ management over lack of learning by the students.

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Good people, how does one go about tripping tuition fees?? And while we are still at it, can someone please explain to me who a Station Manger is and their job description so that ordinary people like us can understand better.


If this is how journalists are trained in Malawi then the country is in trouble. The language in this article tells the whole story.


The writer should also go to Mij to learn basic News writing skills.


Diploma in Journalism cannot be 6 months. You are jocking! What can one learn in 6 months? In many Sadc countries a certificate is 1 year. Can you upgrade it to 2years?


Riot means violent or wild public disturbance. Why resort to this means and not a peaceful one?


Foreign education is good,

Wailing Soul

Am sorry but its a fact. You will be admitted to MIJ, pay loads of fees more than UNIMA but at the end of the day, you will not have jobs. You will be canvassing at Star, Matindi,Calvary etc with K30,000 per month, Less than a primary school teacher. MIJ is for money but I dont blame them. I blame career advisors. Journalism has a low market in Malawi. Why dont you go to a technical school or TTCs if you failed to make it to UNIMA, MZUNI or LUARNAR?


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Wariya Khale



That is stealing poor peoples fees. This is feesgate

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