Poly students reject Mutharika K50 000  fee reduction: Fresh demos in the offing

Students at The Polytechnic in Blantyre, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), have rejected  President Peter Mutharika’s offer to reduce the hiked fees by  K50 000 ($68).

Apart from demanding that fees must fall, CSOs are also demanding the opening of Chancellor College

Apart from demanding that fees must fall, CSOs are also demanding the opening of Chancellor College

Mutharika met Unima Students union following fees hike protests and closure of Chancellor College. It was later directed that the revised fees be reduced by K50 000 and have Chancellor College opened.

But in a letter addressed to Poltechnique students on Monday, the Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) has advised students to pay according to the previous fees structure which is K55,000 for government sponsored students and K250,000/K275000 for self-sponsored students.

“Should the relevant authorities pay a deaf ear to the cries, joint peaceful demonstrations and indefinite vigil at University Council offices with our sister colleges should be held until our campaign bears the intended fruits,” reads the letter seen by Nyasa Times.

“We should hold indefinite vigil at University Council offices until our pleas are taken heed of,” reads the letter.

The students say they will petition President Mutharika to “further reduce the fees to amounts that will be affordable.”

Youth and Society (YAS), which led the protests against the fees hike, are backing the students, saying  the K50 000 reduction is a mockery.

YAS executive director Charles Kajoloweka said the margin of fees reductionis too narrow to make impact.

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4 thoughts on “Poly students reject Mutharika K50 000  fee reduction: Fresh demos in the offing”

  1. santana says:

    Sukulu inali kale lero ndi zibwana. With the many demos in the past, what have they benefited so far? Just being used by politicians. Once one of their member dies these politicians choose another one to be used, the first one is forgotten in his grave. Police should not handle these thugs with kid gloves. After all we have too many educated boys and girls who are just staying at home without being employed. We better care these ones not the thugs of today’s colleges. Why do you go to main roads when demonstrating? You people (students) are just professional thieves and you don’t need my respect.

  2. be humane says:

    Zoona menyelerani ufulu umenewu mpaka wina afepo mwazi wake ukhale msembe paja anangokuthibulani apolisi aja basi. Pano wina anya. Anzanu a 20 July Demo were they helped up to now? But they lost lives. You were at a discussion table why can’t you request to go back to the drawing table than promising Demo. Mumbiri ya Malawi Univesrity students have never conducted a peaceful Demo. Peaceful Demo satseka miseu, samaphwanya magalimoto, Samamenya okwera njinga, samaba zikwangwani, samaba mmashop, samaba malonda a eni. This is why the police will always chase you with tear gas. Inu A polisi tapezani madzi oyabwa aja this time ana amenewa akakande moyipa

  3. mwahenga says:

    Fees Must Fall. Full stop

  4. mwahenga says:

    Do not relent guys #FEES MUST FALL”. Make it a campaign.

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