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.
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.