Poly students protest holiday extension: Seeks President’s intervention

Students at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of  Malawi are asking the institution’s  management  to stop what they call the  unreasonable extension of their holidays.

Polytechnic Students Union President Jaston Bulaula

Polytechnic Students Union President Jaston Bulaula

President of the Polytechnic Students Union Jaston Bulaula told Nyasa Times that the students are deeply concerned with the current move taken by the institution’s management to extend their holiday to 5th January.

“The latest holiday started on 31st October and was supposed to end on 7th December. But it has been extended to 5th January, making us stay at home for 2 months instead of 5 weeks as per the academic calendar,” he says.

Bulaula adds that this is not the only holiday being extended. “The last academic year lasted for 16 months (from March 2013 to June 2014) instead of the normal 12 months. Surprisingly, when we as for reason why they extend the holidays, no proper explanations are given and only poly is experiencing this in UNIMA.”

He says end of year holidays in other institutions like Kamuzu Nursing College last for 3 to 4 weeks only as opposed to 4 months at the Polytechnic.

He says the extended holidays has resulted into 5 years programs being done in 7 or 8 years “which is delaying us from contributing to the development of this country”.

“So what we want is for the Poly management to reverse its decision on extending the current holiday. We also want government to explain why only Poly has no fixed calendar despite having a demonstration free academic year.

“We want the chancellor who is the president to intervene on this matter so that poly students spend more time in school and not at home,” he says.

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48 thoughts on “Poly students protest holiday extension: Seeks President’s intervention”

  1. Knfr@ @k@ [email protected] says:

    We dont want u hea @hom,bazkhalan konko muxova

  2. Maria says:

    Polytechnic is a Disgrace. It doesn’t have a fixed Calendar. College ya chimidzimidzi. I salute Chancellor College.

  3. thom kavalo says:

    dont blem de mgt for xtendin de holidy nw….hw mch tym do u spend strikin n xtend holidies?? bakhalan konko amzanu akudya money

    1. mbudye says:

      iWE NDIYE MBALAME YINANSO YOPANDA NZERU, POLY YACHITA LITI STRIKE? bAKHA IWE OPANDA MUTU NGATI AMUYAKO AJA ANKATI UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IS A LUXURY,MBUZI MANO KUNSI

  4. Mbanangwa says:

    Poly should be the last guys to complain. You elongate your holidays willfully by strikes, this is why a 5 year course is done in 7 years. The KCN students are serious no joke about it. They deal with life and never will you hear them congregating into the roads simply to announce thei anger.

    1. nachisale says:

      Mau koma amenewo, they are forgetting that they spend most of their days in the streets!!!

  5. Dr. Mango says:

    Stay at home kaye for sometime. Enjoy the time with your relatives, limani nawo. The President should not be dragged into such a trivial matter. Zoona holiday yonweyi mpaka a President.

  6. mai nsato says:

    Poly students are a big sham. They love binge-drinking and mostly wonder-around Blantyre City fucking mahule. They are fools in making. Prof Peter has no time to talk to idiots like you. Most students are very rude. Go hang! This college must be closed down. My tax money should not be wasted by these mbuzi.

  7. walalawalala says:

    This is pathetic, holiday mpaka 18months, kungomva kuti ndi za boma, ana mpaka kukalambira konko.

  8. Ludo says:

    Ngati ntchito yakuvutani, bwanji mukapedze chochita china.Chonde musatisokonezere Poly yathu.Dont you know that we are still paying house rents during such unnecessary holidays? pliz reverse this!

  9. College Student says:

    I find it funny that Polytechnic compares itself to KCN or COM where holidays are just about 4 weeks long. Poly is way different from COM/KCN. There are serious classes going on at COM nd KCN…as for Poly, continue drinking beer! You do not need a 4week long holiday, you need an 18week long holiday!

  10. VYOTO says:

    PRIOR TO LAST MAY GENERAL ELECTIONS, SOME PEOPLE HAD EXTRA ORDINARILY HIGH EXPECTATIONS THAT PETER MUTHALIKA BEING A PROFESSOR AT LAW WOULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY BUT ALAS 7 MONTHS DOWN THE LINE, SAME APPROACH TO IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE THE ISSUE IN THE ARTICLE JUST LIKE BAKILI MULUZI AND JOYCE BANDA USED TO DO.BEING A PROFESSOR IS ONE THING AND BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER LIKE THE FIRST HEAD OF STATE IS ANOTHER.CHAKWERA COULD HAVE DONE BETTER

    1. Pichi says:

      Mmmmh misplaced accusation iyi. The issue here is on holiday and has nothing to do with the president. It is a localised issue in the article they have cited KCN and COM which are running normally. Its Poly administration. If the whole President would run issues this level ndiye kulowerenatu ahhh. If you have issue with the president this would not be the right forum. Musalowetse ndale mumaphunzilo aana muwawonongera tsogolo.

  11. Livulezi river says:

    People shud also find out why Poly has the lowest number of Doctors! What about Professors. I only know one Grant Kululanga! They don’t have time to research for new innovations but rather busy befriending with girl students thereby kumwangomwalira ndi. EDZI!!!! Vuto likuchokera pataliiiii!!!!!!!!!

  12. basir says:

    this is actually true, as parents this is highly , distubing these students cant deliver out there because they spend more time at home than in xool, at home some kids cant even acces material relevant to their level of education, and these holiday extensions are just a waste of time

  13. Namwera says:

    Ma memba mukuthawa kulima kumudzi eti zipitani ku holiday mpaka pa 5th January osakakamila mwa Kamba umu kuti muzikwera mahule mmenemu

  14. juman says:

    Ine college iyi inayamba ku ndinyasa i dont have interest or respect to those going to this so called Poly masiku ano … College iyi inali kale …Branny people were there in those days..

    Ndaphuzira college yomweyi …but why all the times students complaining of an necessary things.. wosapeza chochita kunyumbako bwanji? this is to show that you cant help this country..Pezani Voluntary work ..help the community ….Do something…

    You seems to be brainny koma za ziii…..Aliyense amene ali ndi ndalama akhoza ku pita ku college these day mngakhale mbuli…so ngati ma lecture akupuma there is aneed for them to do so

    CREATE, INNOVATE AND MOTIVATE…. Thats your job kupusa eti

  15. Think Tank says:

    @ Yobe boo, you are a disappointment. Where were you before you went to Poly? Its your type who denounce your parents for being poor after they (parents)had sacrificed everything to send you to school. You grew up eating that same makaka. Now that you eat modified foods and 6weeks anapiye you are riding a high horse. What wil happen after you graduate and start earning? Come down to earth and accept nature,not the artificial nonsense.

  16. in demonstration free the calender should be normal as all colleges under unima.mafana mentain your despline,good studies.

  17. esitele mopiha says:

    Abale, osangonena kuti nkhani ndi malswitch bwanji? Nanga Kutsegulila 7 Dec then Xmas & new year holiday after 2 weeks? Consider transport xpenses? Mungofuna kuti mukalandile malswitch with little academic work to do, basi mudzikangoledzebwa ndi kumatukwana anthu patauni.

  18. scott says:

    Yes , now its a time mr president should help us overcoming this thangata system at poly

  19. Wanzeru Wakummawa says:

    Mzuni used to experience the same before the current vice chancellor, but when this mzungu came everything has changed. The calendar is followed and no unnecessary holiday extensions

  20. kayaman says:

    Christmas n new year holidays finish!!!

  21. Owonelera says:

    Awful reporting there. No attempt was even made to contact contact Poly administration to hear its side of the story. That should be basic journalism stuff…reporting on both sides of the story. You can do much better Nyasatimes. Or you want to come back tomorrow with another headlines which reads, ‘Poly management responds to delayed opening’? Boring!

  22. Phwasuphwasu says:

    Poly adm shld reverse its decision of extending de holdy!!

  23. Noxy Dalex says:

    Thumbz up Mr Bulaula..,Mumatiimilira!!…

  24. Mphwache wa Bingu says:

    Kids this is a small issue to warrant presidential intervention. The president is very busy fixing the economy of the country. You can decide to take other measures but not necessarily involving the president. Mukuthawa kuLima ana inu

  25. Paul mbewe says:

    Munyanya matama achita bwino muzipanga ma demo anuwo muli kwanu afees hike ife talipilatu yonse without demo.

  26. PEFECO says:

    They (lectures) are receiving a lot of money so they’ve to work accordingly, teach them enough stuff 4 them 2 perform wisely outside

  27. Vyachalo says:

    holidays must be uniform

  28. zumazuma says:

    makani munkapanga aja ma result ndi amenewo.mukuthawa kulima ku mudzi et?tikumba manda tonse mmudzimu.APM alibd nthawi yanu ana a njoka inu

  29. Mkandawire says:

    Kulilira allowance mumeneko? Ngati akapita kusukuluko akaphunziradi. You abscond classes chifukwa chamasire ndalama ya allowance itakupengesani. No wonder Malawi is not developing.

  30. Charter says:

    Real issues!

  31. Thino Phiri says:

    teamDecember sakuziwa kut Poly and Chanco ndi 4th arm of government hahaha

  32. Kanthu Ako! says:

    Yet anothe example of the stupidity of Malawians.

    The Polytechnic is an educational institution with people paid to run that institution, entrusted with responsibility by the Nation to do so. Where does a president come into it?

    These stupid students will be the very same ones who will be complaining when a presdent decides to interfere in the affairs of the college at a latter date, forgetting that they are the ones who encourage politicians to intefere.

    A president should not be encouraged to meddle in college affairs. Why not ask the responsible minister?

    A Malawi kupusa muzasiya liti?

  33. Swaz says:

    Zutiwawa Ife Kwambiri….Bulaula Tiye Nawo

  34. makito says:

    Who cares? Nobody actually, not least the President. He has already secured his votes from the south thru quota, why should he worry about their actual learning? I love DPP. DPP woyeeeee

  35. Jacobs says:

    I think yovunda ndi adminstration yapa poly. Pakufunika palowe anthu anzeru, a maganizo otukula dziko, not anthu ofunika kuphangira zinthu and osaganizira za anawa.

  36. john maiden says:

    Inu zitsilu eti.lero mwakuona kufunika kokhala ku school.akakuitananimo muzikaswa zinthu mu msewumu.mukhale kwanu konko.

  37. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    What are reseasons for extension findout first before people commented much.

  38. Patriot says:

    Academic freedom kikikoki

  39. Muny'apatatu says:

    That’s very true. Why z t that Poly is the only institution having holiday extension? This mean to those who have bin selected at Poly will hv to wait until August, September or there about. This is very unfair considering girls kungowasunga pa deni si bhoo, nde akatenga zimimba? Its high time the chancellor intervened in these nonsense holiday extensions.

  40. Yobe boo says:

    Yes, he is true, we are tire and had more than enough of Nsima ya makaka at home.

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