Malawi to introduce levy on university education – President Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika has said Malawi government will introduce levy to fund research and infrastructure in higher education.

Mutharika awarding an honorary degree to one of the female graduants during the function.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Mutharika congratulating one of the female graduants during the function.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Mutharika presents K100,000 to one of the graduating students passing with dinstinction.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Mutharika presents K100,000 to one of the graduating students passing with dinstinction.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Mutharika awarding an honorary degree to John Tembo in Zomba.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

President Mutharika awarding an honorary degree to John Tembo in Zomba.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

One of the proud families after the graduation.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

One of the proud families after the graduation.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

“We will introduce an education levy to fund research and infrastructure in higher education,” said President Mutharika on Wednesday during a graduation ceremony at Chancellor College in Zomba.

Mutharika, who is Chancellor of the University of Malawi, said the country should “rethink” its education funding models.

He said also said for the country to survive in the global competition, graduates are necessary to provide solutions to Malawi problems through various skills gained to improve social and economic values of the society.

Mutharika urged UNIMA and other public universities to review their curriculum so that they address the current social issues adding it was important for our universities to enhance research in various fields so that the graduates are able to generate local solutions in the global competing world.

He said research is the “heartbeat” of every university.

“We must think globally but solve our problems locally,” said Mutharika, adding the public universities must be more innovative and enhance research network.

“Research is the generation of new knowledge and solutions that serve a society,” noted Mutharika.

Mutharika also encouraged universities to take “tracer studies” for its graduates.

He also bemoaned that among all the Universities in the country, it was only the Chancellor College that accommodates special needs students, therefore, appealed to the other colleges to consider enrolling such students through provision of the required facilities to promote equitable access to higher education.

Speaking earlier, Vice Chancellor, Professor John Kalenga Saka sidelined the UNIMAs strategic plan 2012-2017 saying most of the main key issues are under implementation citing introduction of new degrees, Bachelor of Commence(Tourism), Master and Doctorate degrees at various colleges such as Master in medicines and PhD in Mathematical Sciences among others.

He also said UNIMA has introduced diplomas in statistics, mining, geology and computer engineering to enhance enterprise development and create more employment in line with African Union agenda 2063 and other national policy documents.

The Vice Chancellor also said UNIMA has put in place a self resource mobilization strategy to supplement on funds that come from the Government.

The graduates that constituted the congregation were from Chancellor College, Polytechnic, College of Medicine and Bunda College now LUANAR.

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7 thoughts on “Malawi to introduce levy on university education – President Mutharika”

  1. TEVET levy, Fuel levy, Construction levy, Tourism levy, Football levy etc etc tell me what good have these levies done to us Malawians in return? It is only those who are employed in these levy institutions who are really getting super rich through allowances, misprocurements and shoddy salaries. Stop it please. Find another way of financing University and not levies. we are already over-taxed and over-levied.

  2. Nyani wa M'Mwananyani says:

    No to this levy!
    Where does APM get some of these damn ideas, anyway; or who is his adviser on this?
    Many students are withdrawing from CHANCO because they can’t afford even the tuition. And as for many of the ones that are left: thanks only to their parents/guardians some of whom have borrowed the money from (katapila) loan sharks.
    Meanwhile, grants are allegedly being given to kids from well to do families! Incredible!

    What model regarding research funding at universities, as proposed here, has APM, or the Minister of Education or his Ministry have they studied? Did Washington U, in Missouri, where APM was professor, employ this model? More appropriately, what African country and university has adopted this kind of model? One that requires students, rather than the public at large, to pay for research at a public institution. When fruits of the research will benefit the whole society.

  3. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    Who will pay the levy?

  4. 2016 welcome says:

    I don’t know this levy will be on what? We sre already heavily burdened with levies. Milking the already thin cow. Mxxx!

  5. Jenala says:

    Next time you take photos, please ask the people’s names.
    Don’t be lazy

  6. Kamtedza Mwale says:

    The lady who is being awarded a degree in the picture was not awarded an honorary rather she earned this degree after toiling for a few years that is when she got her PhD from COM. PLEASE CHONDE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN HONORARY DEGREE AND ONE THAT IS EARNED ON MERIT. The recipient of an honorary doctorate is not supposed to be called Dr So So everywhere no. They still maintain the Mr So So or Mrs So So. Only those with PhDs earned on merit should be referred as Dr this and that. UNIMA ONCE UPON A TIME USED TO OBSERVE THESE STRICTLY BUT WE DONT KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW.

  7. mac c c soko says:

    Levy not in fuel. Too many useless levys. Remove some

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