‘Open Chanco now’ opposition MPs press govt: Chakwera says continued closure of Malawi colleges is ‘national tragedy’

Members of Parliament (MPs), mostly from the opposition,  took government to task on Tuesday to act with urgency and seriousness and open Chancellor College in eastern city of Zomba, a constituent of the University of Malawi (Unima).

Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr.Emmanuel Fabiano: The problem is labour matter

The Unima council postponed opening the college on March 20, 2017 for the first semester of the 2016/2017 academic year following a strike by the academic staff aimed at forcing the council to resolve salary disparities among staff of similar grades in its four constituent colleges of Chanco, The Malawi Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the College of Medicine (CoM).

The Students Union of Chancellor College (SUCC) recently held demonstrations and petitioned President Peter Mutharika, who is also Unima chancellor , to consider re-opening Chanco.

And in Parliament, standing on ‘maytters of urgent public importance’ MP Elias Chakweraof Dowa Ngala (Malawi Congress Party – MCP) asked Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano to explain to the House what his ministry is doing about the continued closure of Chanco.

Fabiano pushed the blame to the ministry of labour  and manpower development, saying the college is failing to open because of a labour matter.

In their contributions, MPs blamed Ministry of Education that instead of tackling the problem, the  ministry is abdicating its responsibilities ad s pushing the blame to another ministry.

Leader of the Opposition in Parlaiment Lazarous Chakwera described the failure to open institution of higher learning for a long time as a “national tragedy”.

“Mr Speaker Sir, we wish to point out that the continued closure of our universities is distressing not only to our youths, but even to the parents who cannot wait any longer to see their wards graduate and start contributing to the development of this country,” said Chakwera in his response to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Addrtess.

“We note with amazement at the lukewarm approach Government has taken in most cases whenever there are disputes involving learners or lecturers in the tertiary institutions. This tendency makes us believe that this Government views university education as a luxury, which should not be the case for any country that seriously aspires to develop.

“We, therefore, strongly appeal to the Government and particularly the President himself to treat the issue of unnecessary closures of public universities as a national tragedy and move with speed to resolve it, open the universities, and ensure that they run uninterrupted academic calendars with guarantees of academic freedom,” Chakwera said.

 

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19 thoughts on “‘Open Chanco now’ opposition MPs press govt: Chakwera says continued closure of Malawi colleges is ‘national tragedy’”

  1. samson kawalazira says:

    The issue of closure of chanco should not be left to these senseless people, i wonder why we as Malawians are too docile when wrong things are taking place, be mindful that this is a crop for future leadership of this country. I am concerned because my niece is one of the victims, i fear for her age, time is running out. If indeed we have a head of state who cares, he should replace university council members now, transfer all top management at university offices and bring on board fresh minds which will have the welfare of the students at heart. Those that care for this nation, let us agree on one agenda; that if the fiasco continues, we should agree on a day to go and close university offices. The offices run on tax payers money, the officers should not continue behaving as if they own the institution.

  2. amwenye says:

    s hood way to save money.
    as it is, chanco and poly are producing violant unprodutive hooligans rather than brilliant graduates. kamuzu would have collapsed of shock if he saw those drunkards. u all know what those sex pests do

  3. edouard says:

    its a pitty it is happening in our country, but under this administration of dpp its no surprise since Peter then the minister of education in Bingu’s administration failed to manage ministry of education having chanco closed for eight months he didn’t do a thing. wake up ppo… leadership its a skill, only kings are born but presidents are made. do something. ..

  4. what i do not understand is why is everything in our Malawi associated with politics, why does this only happen in Malawi and not other countries, chilichonse ndale,why does the President have to do everything, all titles are in his name,kodi wopambana ndi President dziko lonseli,why cant we have a normal chancellor who will be able to accomplish his duties …. how can a University be closed for so long this is a shame and a national tragedy to our country and a very huge embarrassment.

  5. Amfumu says:

    Blame those who want to have everything in the name of lecturers they see no one but money to be a lecture does not mean you must buy 10 bread per day think your country as a lecture

  6. Clevoa Manhoa says:

    Whatever the reasons, no sane person can continue to get paid for over two months for doing nothing. What a hameless bunch of lecturers!

  7. Mtsuko sakhometsa says:

    School adakatsegula just get solutions osati poti ena adandaula ndiye zalowa ndale simukuona kuti pali vuto apaa?

  8. Mtsuko sakhometsa says:

    School adakatsegula just get solutions osati poti ena adandaula ndiye zalowa ndale simukuona kuti pali vuto apaa?

  9. Reu says:

    But guys, politics aside, are you sure is this the way Malawi is going to run its tertiary level education? Just reflect what has been happening for the past 24 months; poly, mzuni, Malawi coll. Of Health Sciences and now Chancol closed. Are we serious as a nation.

    let us be honest, there is gross incompetence in those running these institutions.

    One solution: is it possible to remove the head of state as chancellor of the university because by putting him as chancellor things are not working because him is a politician and automatically politics sets in in whatever concerns him.

    Otherwise, all the problems are supposed to be solved by him and the councils in these universities.

    1. i second this Partner!!!! 100% true.

  10. Sokosi Balakasi says:

    The president of the republic of Malawi is not smart enough to be president of a country, let alone run a grocery store. This man has demonstrated ineptitude, lack of seriousness, very inhumane (he can’t empathize the pain that other people face), lack imagination and creativity. The Chanco issue is extremely simple. Invite to Sanjika the warring parties and discuss. The solution to this is too easy-few members of staff at CoM who have MBBS degree but specialized in epidemiology etc (thus they are not practicing doctors, unless they go work for some pvt clinic) get paid as if they were providing physician services (40% on top of the UNIMA salary) while teaching- something they don’t do. It’s easy because you can reduce their salary to what everyone else (non-physician) is getting. They are two few and even if they resigned, the UNIMA or CoM in particular, would not be affected. It’s as simple as that. BUT the inert president and his literally dull minister of education (worked in UNIMA for 35 years but never attained associate professor level – dull), decide to take a Laisez fair approach – useless animal beings!!!

  11. LomondBob says:

    What a shame this dreadful state of affairs has dragged on for so long.

  12. Kuchithekete says:

    I BELIEVE THAT THE CLOSURE OF CHANCO WAS FAILURE TO REACH A CONSESUS ON SALARY HIKING OF WORKERS. NOW I HEAR THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION FORCIN APM TO OPEN CHANCO BUT DOES NOT SUGGEST ON HOW TO RESOLVE THE STAND OFF. IT IS A MATTER OF MONEY HERE, I WOULD BE PLEASED IF HE SAID SLASH MPS ALLOWANCES AND GIVE THEM TO CHANCO WORKERS, BUT CRITIQUE AND NO SUGGESTION IS TANTAMOUNT TO UTTER NOISE AND TURNIN THE AUGUST HOUSE IN A KANGAROO HOUSE KKKKKKKKKK, A BUSA

  13. Dr tambala says:

    our Parliament is too partisan. there are 3 colleges under university of Malawi chancol, polytechnic and kcn. why is it that it is kabwilas former colleagues going on strike when others are working? MCP should stop politicking on anything. their strategy of making DPP to appear failures is hurting more people than DPP supporters. chakwera and your bitch kabwira go and politic elsewhere not at chancol.

    1. Namadingo says:

      @ Dr. Tambala is a very dull person, he has no brain, no eyes, no ears to think, see and hear what the opposition is fighting for. This kind of support cannot take us any where at all, students are taking too long to graduate!!!! but what this Dr Tambala thinks and sees is DPP loosing supporters basi ?

    2. jangoh says:

      PALI KABWILA APA?

  14. WALIKO MAKHALA says:

    Mbuzi ya Chancellor

  15. Hmmm Malawi and its people

  16. Chimanga says:

    The Government is not concerned because using cashgate funds they are able to send their children to Universities outside Malawi. Please push them hard. We are really suffering because of this closure. We have been home for too long. We are becoming a burden to our parents instead of being a blessing

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