Malawi opposition blocks school fees hike: Jumbe moved motion

Opposition parliamentarians on Thursday successfully forced the government to postpone its fee hike in colleges and secondary schools until the economic situation improves.

Felix Jumbe: MCP campaign director  rejects DPP link

Felix Jumbe: MCP campaign director rejects DPP link

Salima Central MP Felix Jumbe (Malawi Congress Party) had moved a motion to stop the government from implementing its decision to increase school fees in public colleges and secondary schools, in some instances were going as high as more than 100 per cent.

Jumbe had asked the government to provide resources to the government for the education sector make primary education compulsory and postpone the raising of the fees until the government makes sure that the economy is improved and the living cost of an ordinary Malawian is brought down through the reduction of inflation, stability of exchange rate among others.

He said it was inconsiderate for the government to raise the school and college fees when Malawians spend US $1:9 per day and their per capita is at US $280 when Mozambique enjoys per capita of US $600, the same per capita with Tanzania.

Jumbe said 70 per cent of Malawians are extremely poor with the highest interest rate in Africa after South Sudan, a country that has been at war for many decades.

He said the inflation rate, an indication that food prices are up, is at an all time high and feared in March, it might be out of hand; saying the exchange rate, currently at K580 will get worse in March pushing the cost of living for most Malawians beyond reach.

“This year, the FiSP pack is costing at K9000, this is the person who has to pay this yet he or she did not yield anything due to floods or drought. How do you expect this person to pay this FISP fee and school fees?”asked Jumbe.

He said the government should improve the economic situation first before affecting the school fee hike.

His sentiments were shared by almost all opposition legislators including Leader of the opposition Lazarus Chakwera.

The move to thwart the motion was denied by Speaker Richard Msowoya, who said the legislator for Salima Central, Jumbe followed all the procedures to move the motion.

However, minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu said parliament had no powers to suspend or stop any decisions by the executive arm of government.

He read relevant laws and relevant standing orders to back his point.

But when the House voted, the opposition won the vote which means the government cannot implement the raising of the fees. It is yet to be seen whether this will be followed.

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67 thoughts on “Malawi opposition blocks school fees hike: Jumbe moved motion”

  1. Bravo MP Jumbe kumeneko anthu ndalama akazitenga kuti?Mubweze ndalama munaba zija ana aphunzire

  2. chileka boy says:

    Mukweze Kaye malipiro a wanthu musanakweze malipiro a sukulu.Zisakomere Mbuzi kugunda agalu.

  3. maganizo says:

    Ganizirani osauka ambiri sakwanitsa kulipira Ine ndikuthokoza Jumbe. koma next time mukambirane kuti onse amene anatenga ngongole ya unima ali ku sukulu apanidwe ndipo anwenzde kuti enanso aphundireko

  4. bleb nzungu says:

    bravo mcp kwaena tonse amene zatiwawa tikagule panado timwele , kaboma kanu aka ndi kammanja tilanulira limozi hehede !!!!!!

  5. critoris Banda says:

    Now we ar getting somewhere. If the same useless parliament of the kanthitis passed a law that empowers the UNIMA to handles its own school fees, then its time these MPs ahould left naked on these issue. Come on UNIMA.
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    Even TUM should raise its head up against these idiot kanthitis for acting beyond the arm of their laws. Come on please. Your reforms should not be disturbed at all.
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    Parents should stand up against these useless opposition parties of Malawi.
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  6. Babayaro Nyirenda says:

    If Govt say there is no money to run the schools what will Jumbe do? Tembenu read the University Acts which were passed by Parliament itself giving powers to University Councils on matters of fees. This is the first time in the history of Malawi where fees issue is decided by Parliament. I am yet to see any country in the world where fees are determined in Parliaments. Politicization of everything is killing this nation. I hope next time Parliament will stop by pass fees or user fees in Hospitals nanga sakufuna kushaina.

    1. peter says:

      Parliament approves budgets. That’s why these adjustments were supposed to be brought before parliament budget session (2015/2016) so that educational funding was to reflect an increase in income through fee hike. I hope this answers your question. Otherwise the government has been caught unawares here and \i hope next time they will not goof again!!

  7. kalungusese says:

    but you MPS munafunsa ndani ? cause this issue of school fees, parents and PTA m’ma school ambiri tinakambilana kale kuti fees ikwele but boma limalesa. so inu mumaimila Ndani kodi ask azibale anu amene ali ndi ana my school za boma, makolo tinagwilizana nazo, but you honorable members muzufunsa Kaye please ask TUM they will tell you this

  8. Koma ????? says:

    Man of the moment BUT BUT>>>>who will cover the costs the hike was expected to cover or cushion? is there a revised budget for schools and the university…the proposal to stop the hike should be holistic?

    While the opposition have made a point and scored some points, the ruling government should revisit how it makes its decision. there is a trend to propose something and the reverse it after opposition goes against it. This is obviously a weakness on the process of reforms being undertaken.. without being informed by actual situation on ground.
    Government should stop working on a trial or ‘test-the water-basis’…they will lose out in terms of seriousness and popularity! You cannot keep reversing Executive decisions……whats the message here?

  9. Roy Mtila says:

    Those MPS who opposed school fee hike are hybrid type of fools. They are fighting government reforms. Useless. they are looking at anything from political point of view.

  10. Peter says:

    Government is busy borrowing for consumption leaving education, a crucial sector for development , to crumble. Mutharika must stand up and lead please! Why should parliament be in the fore front directing the nation in the right direction while the president is nowhere to be seen as his cabinet is busy tearing the nation apart.

  11. Munthuwamba says:

    Kodi inu mukuzitcha a Ben mumayankhula chiyankhulo chanji??

  12. Mtengo Wautali says:

    This sounds very good on one side but let us look at the other side. If the hike is not effected, who will pay for the additional cost of education? Is it government? If so, is money available to do so? If not, we may see further dwindling of standards in education

  13. Bingu says:

    I still laugh in my grave to see that we still have lots of empty headed idiots who still smile when someone is pick pocketing money away from them. When gvt raise fees you clap for them. When they pick stupid party zealots to UN you still clap for them. When they skin off you pocket with unreasonable taxes you continue clapping. Wake up my Malawi. Open up your eyes. Use your brain well. Mr Matipwiri is the most crazy idiot amongst all idiots. He went on to say ‘tozavota on regional grounds’. What a fool we have in his name? For him he can vote for an embacile as long as he/she comes from his region. No wonder this nation will never ever move an inch forward in development.

  14. KELTON SOMANJE says:

    Thanks to MPS who voted no to raising of SCHOOLFEES. MUKUITHA!!!!!

  15. Juma Mike says:

    MCP woyeeeee!DPP fwaaaaaa!this is a sleepwalking government no wonder zonse zochita zake ndi za tulo

  16. Kumamvetsa says:

    Tonde and the self styled analyst are indeed objects of great pity and should be treated as such.

  17. mwenecho says:

    feeeeeeeeees must fall…bravo opposition parties..

  18. Pension Nenereko says:

    If you are a leader drive policies that will benefit the majority not selective individuals. Bravo MCP. Fees have not been stopped but suspended. When they come should come in bits

  19. Pwiya wa Pwiya says:

    I would support the view to make Govt stop advancing the idea to raise school fees for our colleges and schools. What is wrong in our country? The Govt says there should be no salary hike amidst high inflation resulting in high cost of living at the same time introducing high school fees. Where shall we take the fees from? Mr. President, I am sure your advisors are leading you astray. Malawians are watching these developments with interest and my advice is that you better employ citizen based approach in the way you govern this country taking into account that most Malawians are poor. Its not wise to burden local people in as far as resources to run services is concerned then why do we have technocrats in the Ministries? and Departments? Why do we have Govt? Please do something to alleviate the suffereing of Malawians.

  20. matipwiri says:

    A chena Ben, Wafundi, Davie Zaipa ndinu mbuzi zachabe chabe zedi. Ndinu a KANTHITI a ku Dedza East. A gulugunya opanda nzeru. Kumangochita disitabu ntchito zaboma zonse. BOMA LIKWEZE SCHOOL FEES BASI.Ngakhale mutero 2019 tizavota on regional basis.Munya. Mudzaona agaru inu.

  21. ben says:

    MCP Boma, kapena MCP anali boma economy sanga agwa nchoncho, kwacha anali mphamve nthawi za MCP, sapano yapita ku madzi pakana 1000 ku 1 pound tivota MCP tatopa ndi devaluation

  22. wafundi says:

    Kumeneko nde kubwera kwabwino MCP faka Mpweya uku ndikuyamba chabe tiyeni nazoni munya chaka ckake ndi chino

  23. davie zaipa says:

    Bravo MCP. achina nyapapi ationjeza kale. people in malawi are suffering koz of this govt. titenga kuti feess ife mukakweza with 100%. many thanks to all MPS who voted against this idea of raising the xool fees. Bravo MCP

  24. Koma Kumeneko says:

    Tembenu mbuzi yamunthu, tikuti ndi mbuzi yazitsilu zonse
    Bravo Jumbe eversince you entered into parliament i salute you on this motion please go ahead next should be elections bills , changu pamalo tally centre ibwere ku Lilongwe .

  25. munyapa says:

    Malawi MPs are skinny and myopic in cognitive like Dedza East Constituent representative in parliament. The government is implementing its reforms, unfortunately you are there pulling the government down. What type of opposition is it? How can Malawi progress under such circumstances. Indeed Malawi is poor because of its political interpretations. We have fools in Malawi ranging from Miss Skinny MP to foolish leader of opposition. Guys you are useless. I would appreciate if opposition MPs should go around the schools and see the situation on the ground on the welfare of students. Come on the kanthitis of central region. Move away from myopic stances.

  26. Moni says:

    Kkkk kumvetsa chisoni ndinso manyazi. Akuti mpaka chuma chikadzayamba kuyenda bwino, chidzayenda bwino liti, ngati mukufuna ndalamazo zizithera kugawa nkudyetsera ana anu m’masukulu? Pompa mudzabwera kudzalira za malipiro aphunzitsi. Boma likulipireni, liripire aphunzitsi, liripire oyenda bawo ku capital hill, lIpeze mankhwala nzipatala nkulipira madotolo. Mukufuna sukulu fees ya 2001 pomwe kwacha inalI K60 – $1, thumba lachimanga liri K500 zikhale chimidzi mpaka lero pomwe kwacha iri K620 – $1 ndipo chimanga chiri K10,000.00. Ndiye mukuyembekezera kuti tsiku lina chuma chidzayenda bwino? Chidzagwa ngati mana, kapena mukafukula pena pake? Anzathu omwe zinthu zimayendera, amalolera kubvutika kaye kuti akonze kamawa. Munthu ongokhala kufuna zolandira asayembekezere kukolora. Tatiyeni a Malawi pena pake tichepetse m’khalidwe odalira zaulere, kuti mwina boma lingapezeke nkotsala nako kopangira zitukuko zina. Koma nyumba, yaulere, mbeu, yaulere, mankhwala, aulere, maphunziro, aulere, chimbudzi, chaulere, fetereza, waulere, madzi, aulere, masewera eni-eniwa, boma litayirepo ndalama. Shaaa, koma angakhale mparadizoyo akuposera zomwe a Malawi timalirira. Chonsechitu kukula ndi mtima wa umasikini, ofuna zabwino, koma osakhetsera thukuta. Ndi mkhalidwe uwu, tiyiwale zoti dziko lino lidzakhala ndi chuma tsiku lina. UMASIKINI UNAKHANZIKIKA M’MAFUPA ATHU!!!

  27. Chingolopiyo says:

    Eversince Parliament hav been meeting, its the first time i hv come to knw the importance of this meeting. Bravo MCP! Representing the people on grand. However am disappointed with the Minister of Justice’s sentiment, how can you narrarate that ignorance to the nation? Whats the point of having parliament? =~~~~~ ~ To the gvt, before raising fees, check the peoples income, how much are they getting? So far every thing have gone up 4 times: RTD fees gone up witi the drivers licence 4 times as much, utilities ESCOM, Water Boards, commodity prices gone up, etc but how much are the ordinary getting?

  28. Judah says:

    this govt is arrogant they will continue with their plans as they did with MSB they do take parliament as useless so its up to us to support the MPs from opposition makolo tayankhula

  29. Ntaila says:

    Mr Tembenu, Mr Tembenu, Mr Tembenu. Then how come both the US and UK parliaments stopped their govts from going to war to Syria that last time. Are you telling us Malawi is so brutal and stupid that every decision made by executive is supreme. A Justice Minister we are now doubting you capabilities. Parliamentarians are there for the people, especially MCP

  30. Mwanangwa says:

    The debate was rich from Dedza, Dowa and Salima

  31. Ochewa says:

    Thoughtful. This is indeed a party for the people, a party that knows the suffering of Malawians, not matchona who do not know how it feels like to sleep on an empty stomach

  32. chileka boy says:

    Vuto la ma MP otsutsa ndi loti they oppose out of jealousy and lack of facts on issues.In sec schls, gvt just gave a range within which boarding fiz must be but it is stil parents and tchers to decide the final figure according to cost of foodstufs in an area. On Books fee, it was revsd to K3000 from k250 since 2001. MCP MPs, tell me, where on earth can u buy a book with K250? UMBULI NDI MATENDADI.

  33. flamingo says:

    Tonde akunena zoona, the only part I don’t like in his commente is the ‘stupid mcp’ and ‘skinny mp’ thus unpalatable but there is sense in his comment. MCP is arguing against malata subsidy but for education subsidy is that not clear to see people? my only worry is looking at the state of our secondary education will the subsidy help. Even those mps are not sending their kids to public schools be realistsic guys and not political!

  34. Jamison Chagwa Lungu says:

    Ma rubbish business. Malawi is the only country in the world with rising population of working poor. Yes, poor people but employed. Who is in charge of the economy? Surely we don’t need a prophet to tell us that only a growing economy can reduce poverty not handouts from China? Education and health are pro-poor sectors; the chemist cum minister of education cannot understand this simple truth; ma rubbish business killing us.

  35. flamingo says:

    A Malawi ndi zaulere! Dziko lino silidzatukuka basi! Have we done our soul searching the cost of running a boarding school and let alone the cost of providing teaching and learning resources. Kenako we will say the schools are under resourced! shaa raise the taxes, aphungu amenewa they should be paying taxes to assist in education provision

  36. flamingo says:

    Schools will be very pathetic and education standards will go down and down!

  37. kei khembo says:

    Like wise I also get to wader kuti were is a good leader omvetsetsa athu akumudzi apa kwachiyambireni ajumbe mwapanga zamzeru now u know why ur in that big house the hall Malawi sir.mutamatero apo zingayendeko bwino

    Keep that at work polakwika kumatsutsa chomcho osamangomvomereza zilizonse.

  38. prince aluwid bin tahlahla bin abullah zizi says:

    with this kind of politics our country’s economy won’t grow…an eye for an eye politics…the opposition has managed to frustrate the executives….definitely the government will respond to this issue by frustrating the opposition..

  39. chefourpence says:

    I am DPP but this time MCP you are the deal! Bravo MCP

  40. MULOPWANA says:

    THE ANALYST #12, YOU ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR MIND, AND U ARE A STUPID ANALYST FROM THE DPP AND 4 THE STUPID FOLLOWERS.

    1. The Analyst says:

      “A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something.” – Plato

      Clearly you have spoken only coz you had to say something! You are a pathetic pig fart, I can promise you that!

  41. Joseph Moyo says:

    in malawi education is for the rich komanso timaonjeza dziko losauka presdent nkukhala professor amaziwa chani za umphawi? ndye angaziwe chani za umphawi tiliraditu sija timat thumba la tambe amamasula ndi tambe yemwe nanga uyu ndi tambe?Ife amalawi ndi openga aphungu angamalandile bwanji stin allowance yochuluka Pa sikuchonchija kuposa ya pa mwez ya mphunzis?tikajomba ku ntchito amatidula ?malipiro bwanj iwowa amajomba atalandila allowance ndye imakhala yanj pot ndi sitting allowance Koma sadapiteko?mwationelera dziko losauka ma salary mbola mafuta odula ma hotero odula mumaganiza bwanji

  42. Joseph Moyo says:

    How much does the government pays its majority civil servants?I wouldnt mind if the least paid civilservant gets atleast k300000 and you hike fees but you agreed with amwenye to pay us k18 000 so you we can pay your high college fees,pay rent,eat daily or you want us go stealing?but your constitution provide the right to education to everybody and you know most malawians are paid peanat where should they get money.Idropped from university no fees and there are other malawians who sing the same song i also learnt that there were180students drop out from mzuzu university in 2014 yet you are putting further burden on the same students my advice is that amend constution to say education is the rich in malawi because you we cant pay that amount.muzatifuna.we regret to have voted you perhaps that is why you are third highly educated president in africa so dont know you read one of the poorest country.a confused govt which just adopt policies from other countries without considering poverty levels of its peole a dead govt.

  43. anadimba says:

    zitsirudi ,it only shows you do not follw edcation. How can k250 buy abook?and you claim ed standrds have gone down?how many times have you raised seating allowances ? If its suspending fees fight for suspension of new curricular too. Because it makes no sense toteach without books. Effective teaching goes with resources.tione poti ma circular anatuluka kale.

  44. TONDEWADULA says:

    politically centered debate though good. Jumbe should learn to respect the MCP leadership for him to see the light at the end of the tunnel. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    Fatsa kaye Jumbe kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  45. Mwauzidwa says:

    If you think education is cheap, try ignorance!!!!

  46. Dwambazi says:

    If what Samuel Tembenu ( The Minister of Justice ) said ” parliament has no powers to stop or suspend any decisions by the executive arm of Government” is true then we are in serious trouble. That is poor governance, so why do we have parliamentarians? in a democracy we need checks and balances, not so sure which law school he went to , but he just demonstrated how retarded he is. That is a hall mark of poor governance. Samuel Tembenu do your home work, you make the Lawyers look really bad

    1. Peter says:

      Yes, Tembenu makes our lawyers look really very bad! Are all our CHANCO lawyers that confused?? I think, no but we have a good number of selfish and confused lawyers who only think about themselves not the justice they must uphold and defend.

  47. MISOZI says:

    MCP is sleeping. You will never rule Malawi

  48. Titakhuta Tinatero says:

    Koma atonde ndinu achitsiru’ ife titakhuta tinati titero

  49. Bob says:

    Bravo MCP Malawians are struggling to make ends meet. Yet govt seem not to care raising taxes, fees, water or electricity bills will not improve the economy but rather promote theavery at work and absenteeism as people will be busy seeking alternative income. Govt must look at the policies of the previous regimes (minus Muluzi’s and Bingu’s second term) that used to be working positively and apply them.

  50. Matako says:

    Well done opposition. You have indeed demonstrated what Malawians are expecting from you. You are providing checks and balances to this corrupt clueless government. Your argument against the fee hike was based on facts not political partisanship. This is what Malawi needs. This country is going through a rough time due to corruption by this administration. This is why Muthalika can not address the issue. It is too close to his heart. This is the reason he refused to travel to Scotland because he knew he would be questioned. Lets wait and see if this bulutu will impose the fee hike on poor Malawians against parliament wishes. Our country is the poorest of the poor due to clueless people like Muthalika. He fails to address the suffering of many Malawians. He continues to blame JB for his failures a true sign of a hopeless leader who has no strategy to get us out of the economic quagmire our country is in.

  51. TSAMBALIKWA says:

    Mr Tonde Im sure you are the only one who cant appreciate what the opposition MPs have done, Obviously u must be double stupid for failing to know that u dont know the ploblems that Malawians are facing.

  52. The Analyst says:

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    You opposition MPs are a collection of jokers. When has Malawi’s economy ever improved to say that the fee-hike can only be effected once the economy improves? Are you from another planet? Lets not cheat one another!
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    . . . Why do you keep clinging on to the past when all of us want to progress? Animal spirits have taken hold of the house? Nooo!!! We have for so long embraced this Muluzi’s quantity-is-better-than-quality ideology and produced terrible students!
    . . . Are you too blind to see that a school leaver of today cant communicate?; let alone spell out his/her name?, coz of this quantity-better-than-quality ideology?
    . . . Why do you choose to be enemies of progress? This cow-herd behaviour will not help us!
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    . . . What we need now is quality which may come by, among other things, increasing allocation of resources to the education sector, which in turn; can be realised through numerical fairness in the way we share contributions towards the cost of education; through increasing the portion of contribution of the beneficiary, in this case! Is this difficult to understand?
    . . . Should parents only be given the right to produce kids but no responsibility to educate them? You are jokers but I don’t think I like your jokes.
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    You need to sober up on this issue and engage your brains; otherwise, we shall continue to produce good for nothing school leavers n others.
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  53. MB says:

    @Tonde I can not fathom your economics or arithmetic reasoning? The people who will be educated by subsdizing them, will contribute greatly to the economy whilst neither the Malata nor cement receipients will contribute substantially except to the persons (shopkeepers) selling the cement or roofing sheets!

  54. Nyembezi says:

    Tembenu undermines Parliament.

  55. polofesa says:

    Unfortunately, the parliamentarians are really misguided on how best we can make these secondary schools alive again. We r about to close these schools or will be vandalised if not careful. The economic crisis is cross cutting. Food stuffs are costly. What will the learners eat with k12000 fees boarding for govt schools like dedza, LL girls, etc. 30000 Boarding for other boarding xools. Lets be real not political. We r the pple on the ground not you parliamentarians.

  56. chemwali kulibe says:

    I think Tonde you are stupid too with your stupid DPP a party that has brought poverty to most malawians.This country is more poorer than the time of Kamuzu.Some of us are struggling to pay fees for our children and yet we are working in a reputable organisation what more with parents who are out in the villages jobless.You want such people to be denied to education? Are you a cashgater? You are selfish .Are you really living in this country? People are suffering due to poor policies by this government.They are putting priorities upside down.Travelling to UK pleading with donors and yet you cannot investigate 577 billion?

  57. weniweni balakasa says:

    tonde, you r out of order. You don’t know what u r saying

  58. Ghazal says:

    Speaker of parliament has behaved un procedural today, Frankly speaking even my self am not in parliament but this was bulldozing the motion The clerks failed to cote the standing orders today it is shame for the Malawi parliament

  59. weniweni balakasa says:

    Sir Tonde, you don’t know what u r argueing. It is better to shut up your probosis!

  60. Rich CJ says:

    Yap this is talking, we see that you are now
    Representing poor pple. Carry on

  61. blessing lipengs says:

    Thank you MCP! the only hope we have

  62. karen lazaro says:

    this is good…subsidize productive sectors only

  63. Tonde says:

    Stupid mcp you crazy bastards your skinny mp from dedza wanted subsidies in the form malata removed but you are back replacing them with more subsidies in education! How ironic !

    1. Mr.Bambo says:

      Well spoken Tonde,kufuna zotchipa nthawi zonse a Malawi.Didnt somebody say “if you think education is expensive,then try ignorance?”,and you will harvest the outcome plentifully!!!

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