Students push for reopening of Polytechnic

University of Malawi students are accusing the University Management of “mediocrity of the highest order” by circulating unproductive propaganda in the media, “instead of just announcing a tentative opening date for the Polytechnic.”

Malunga:  Management to make a decision

Malunga: Management to make a decision

Representatives of  University of Malawi Students Union (UMSU) Council say in a statement issued Tuesday that it is very disheartening to note that despite the extended holidays, university and college management fail to come up with sustainable solutions to the problems that forces students to demonstrate.

“UMSU 2015-2016 council is pleading with the University Council to tell the public the real reason behind the indefinite closure of the Polytechnic,” reads the statement in part.

They however say as the pinnacle of students’ leadership in the premier university (University of Malawi), UMSU Council, does not condone violent demonstrations which its fellowship did at the Poly.

“However, any protest or demonstration must be within the law and, must not block streets, right of way, or sidewalks; jeopardize the safety of individuals or the integrity of the college or other property; intimidate, harass, or threaten any member of the public”.

Recently, the leaders of Polytechnic Students Union apologized to the general public for the demonstration that led to the closure of their institution saying it was headed by the disgruntled students.

However, registrar of the University of Malawi Wokomaatani Malunga told a local media that the institution will only  be reopened once the university management has finalized looking into all issues that led to the demonstrations.

But the UMSU says in statement that “closing of college(s) should not be the first resort to reform the behaviour of the students”

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46 thoughts on “Students push for reopening of Polytechnic”

  1. clement says:

    Mwaphunzirapo kena kake asakhwi inu a pa poly. Mumazitenga ngati ndani? Kukhala pa poly chikhale chiopsezo? Fuck you. M’malo moti mudzizimvera Chisoni ntchito matama mu kolido ndipodumpha zebra crossing mu highway mwati tafika ansuche inu.

  2. honey comb Chidyauzu says:

    Akalime kaye amazioona ngati madolo makape awa. Education is expensive these days iwo
    akufuna za ulere basi. Malawi has changed.

  3. Mapwiya says:

    Unima Has School Rules & Regulations But It Fails To Enforce Them. Why Don’t They Suspend These Idiots Who Led The Demos?

  4. Mlauzi says:

    My feeling has always been that the college was closed prematurely. I wish dialogue was given a chance in this matter. All sides are losers in this matter. By way of reminder this is the only institution that offers degrees in engineering, architecture, quantity surveying etc. Do we as a country want to remain backward, undeveloped and poverty stricken forever?????? How long will the Malawian society remain uneducated?????

  5. mwatola joka says:

    life siophweka aphwanga. Anyamata zikabani bola musagwidwe atskana yambani uhule bola osatenga matenda. Zoziyamba dala izi mapoint ake osamveka ngat awo opangira zopusa munapangazi

  6. Chitsulo cha Njere says:

    Ana owuma mitu.Mumati mungatani. mukamaphunzira kufuna allowance ngati muli pantchito.Anzanu bonafide Malawian citizens dont have any chance of allowances let alone loans in pvt universities.U forget that ‘TERTIARY EDUCATION IS SHARED RESPONSIBILITY’. Big up Malunga DONT OPEN. Asova.

  7. i.mskali says:

    v.bad!

  8. mbola says:

    umeneu nde ubuli bwanj osaganiza before strike asatsegule mwachangu azikalima kumudzi vuto amadziona ngati anzeru kwambiri mbuli zaanthu ngati inu muleke kumapepesa mma news paper mukuti bowa

  9. Zondiwe says:

    It just shows that Polytechnic or University students do not get it: their unreasonable and violent conduct has consequences. They cannot be the first to be protesting violently and the first to cry for the university to be opened. Had they contemplated the consequences of their unreasonable actions, they would be the first to refrain from the unruly behaviour that they are engaged in regularly, especially at the Poly.
    University Officials, please take your time and do not be bullied into reopening by your unruly students. Look into the issues and take your time. Let them learn lessons first.

  10. Prof.ADDIE says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I BEG UNIVERSITY COUNCIL DONT AND DONT I MEAN DONT OPEN THE SCHOOL WE ARE NOW TRAVELLING COMFORTABLY PASS THROUGH POLYTECHNIC WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED BY THESE STUPID BOYS AND GIRLS.BEING AT POLY THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED ah!!! NDI SCHOOLNSO POLY PALI CHIYANI APA.TELL THEM TO VISIT OXFORD UNIVERSITY AND WHEN WE ENTERED IN CLASSROOMS LIKE HEAVEN AND WITH HIGH CLASS EDUCATION SO THAT THE MOMENT YOU FINISHED THE COURSE ONE COULD CRY FOR LEAVING THE SCHOOL. UC DONT OPEN THIS SCHOOL FOR WE ARE TOTALLY FED UP.MY CHILDREN CANNOT BE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND SUCH SCHOOLS AT ALL NGATI CHIMBUDZI NDITHU DRINKING TOGETHER WITH WHAT THEY CALL THEMSELSELVES LECTURES HEDE!!!!

  11. Mweneku Muzi says:

    Ohoooo mwakumva kuwawa ku field mulira matama thoooo…..poly yake iti zautsiru eti C Bunda there ….I like that College

  12. Kavuluvulu says:

    They are useless students !

  13. Ndanena says:

    STUDENTS OF POLY, LEARN TO UNDERSTAND ISSUES ACCORDINGLY. I FELT SORRY FOR WHAT YOU DID. THE BEST YOU HAVE DONE WAS TO TRAVEL TO ZOMBA AND CARRY OUT THAT RUBBISH.I SAW AN AMBULANCE RUNNING AROUND TO AND FROM WITH A PATIENT WANT TO PASS THROUGH TO QUEENS BUT YOU BLOCKED THE WAY, SILLY! I WISHED THIS SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM THE CURRENT POSITION AND GO IN THE BUSH SO THAT YOU DO STRIKES THERE.SEE YOUR FRIENDS BUNDA THEY ARE IN CLASS NOW WHILST YOU ARE JUST DRINKING AT KAMBA THERE BUYING BEERS AS NOBODY’S BUSINESS AND YOU CRY FOR ALLOWANCE SHIT!!!.CAPETOWN STRIKE IS VERY UNDERSTABLE AND NOT WHAT YOU ARE CRYING FOR ZANZI!!!!!I URGE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL NEVER OPEN THIS SCHOOL SHORTLY AT LEAST THEY SHOULD LEARN A GOOD LESSON IFE TATOPA KUIMA OR MOVE THIS SCHOOL AWAY FROM THE MI ROAD WHICH IS PREFERED BY MANY USERS. IMAGINE, SOMEONE TRAVELLED ALL THE WAY FROM CHITIPA AND ONLY CAUSE THE SCHOOL CLOSED AND RETURN>SHAME!!! IT IS EASY THOSE WHO COME FROM CLOSER TO SCHOOL AND REVERT TO DRINKING SPRINGSOUND – KUPUSA.

  14. wo says:

    Dziko lathu la malawi timadalira ulimi kuti tipeze forex so boma pangani zokuti next Agricultural season should be a success. Awa akalime basi kuti mina as an economy we can we can increase our prospects. and sindimadziwa kuti izi zikuchitika just after two days from their homes. Really? Awona kuti apanga bwanji. Sikuti ku malawi these idiots are the only ones we can fund, no remember over 4000 people qualify for universty entry koma chifukwa cha among other things shortage of space, and other important facilities like books ,computers desks as government funders we can not afford to pay them all hence small intake numbers otherwise or boma litafuna monse inu anyamata apa poly mungathe kupita kwanu boma likhoza kubweretsaso ana ena omwe pano akuchita kusowa mwai wama phunziro.

  15. BENGO says:

    Aisovenge!!!! Vindere vakufikapo

  16. mwana mulopwana says:

    We were there but I don’t remember the day when we protested and smarched innocent peoples cars. PSU should learn to advise its members of the pron and cons of protest, I still remember before staging any protest we used to meet in the new lecturer theater and devise the way as to how to stage the protest, we used to arrange as to how we can avoid thieves in taking part , in such away even the onlookers were happy to see us protesting because it was peaceful and violent free.

    Next time when you want to stage a protest try to bollow a leaf from the former alumni, osati zomaphwanya zinthu zaeni and for your own information, you staged a strike just two days after opening , even a form 1 student cant do such a thing at a secondary school, please use your brain to think , your head is not for decoration

  17. You must know!!!!!! says:

    Ndinanena kuti poly students ndi makape and they are foolish and cowards. Kupusa kwenikweni. AKanafunsa ma aluminae kuti tiwathandize kuganiza. Kupusa KKKKKKKKKKKK. Khalani panyumba tsopano mudzimwa Tea wanchere. Guys you are telling us that poly is preparing you to be learned hoorigans not educated think tanks. You have proven to us that you have eyes but without vision.kkkkkk. This situation could have been prevented bwezi mafinale akumva kokoma kuti ali pafupi kumaliza. GVT shud allow them to open in 201during elections for campaign purposes. Mudzavotere dpp ngati mukufuna kubwerera kusukule period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. flush says:

    Hehehe….kaya ndi 2020….Degree tizatengabe basi…..!!!! We got nothing to lose

  19. the dedicated brand says:

    First of all not all students participate in such ludicrous activities and now judging a book after reading the first two pages will be unfair to the poor students… a few drunk students usually spiral such events and the peer pressurised ones just follow suite sadly… instead of focusing their bogus strikes at their administration they direct them to innocent peoples cars .. should have been located in remote area and not such a centre of the municipality. .

  20. racta girl says:

    as much as not opening poly is punishing atudents but dont u think the govt is punishing itself on the other hand becauae already poly has a sure stream of first years but either way if govt feels that managing alot of first years at once and others still waiting for their uee iz convinient for them then its owky but otherwise it is also giving ma lectures alot of work

  21. Gopaninji says:

    All comments are saying poly students are morally rotten and the college must not open. I agree with this entirely. How can they stage a lithal strike barely two days after opening? Simwano of the highest order umenewo? Stupid students indeed. Please don’t open poly until ndalama akufunazo zipezeke. Perhaps open after distributing hunger maize and FISP fertilizer in January 2016.

  22. makito says:

    Ben Okomaatani Malunga has been very honest. Students protested because they did not get their allowances, bursaries/loans, etc. Government was scratching its head (if it has one) where to get the money, and boom, poly students provided a solution: they decided to act foolishly again and gave reason to government to close the institution and suddenly had one institution less to worry about. Now you students you apologize so quickly, where do you think government will get the money? Malunga is saying the college will open when the other colleges who did not strike have been served and there is enough remaining to serve poly students.

    Ha! Mukadadziwa!

  23. SnaZz says:

    ana awa ndiopusa akufika akakhale kunyumba… I hate this xul nanga tivutike ife amagalimoto bcoz some useless students atopa ndimabuku … tangotsekani xul akayambe business yamakala mwina mustreet is where they belong not class..

  24. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    What? Bt is now peaceful. I can now safely drive on the highway. Hw I wsh it were like ths untll I retire! Anyway, lets hear from their parents/guardians.

  25. Mwapheranjiru says:

    Inu ana a kazizi a pa Poly, shupiti zanu nonse. Uja ankakupatsani matako ndi matama panthawi ya Academic filidomu pangali lero, adalitsatsa pfumbi. Lero palibe wokugawirani ma 10pins aja kuti mugwetse boma. Kunja kukada sikumachedwa kucha, lero maso anu ali ngwee kumudzi. Onani anzanu ku ma koleji a unima ena ali du, kutsanthula mabukhu kuti atsiridze maphunziro ao. Paja mumakonda kumakatenga zileso ku khoti, pitani mukatenge poti a khoti paja ndi anzanu. Musaiwale kuti muli ndi ngongole yobwedzera ku boma, palibe maphunziro aulele, mwina izi mumaiwala. A unima, mverani zimene ife okhoma misonkho tikunena pa nkhaniyi pa bwalo lino-musayerekedze kutsegulira ka technical sukulu kameneka, ife ndiye titsiyano kutsonkha misonkho basi.

  26. Cecilia Mapila says:

    The Government has just seized this opportunity to teach a lesson to these unruly University students. This deter other colleges from following suit. What an opportune time! Maybe, this time, they will learn a big lesson.
    To me, UMSU sounds bigheaded, arrogant, impolite and non repentant. This is the attitude that has to be dealt with. With this attitude, they will still damage property when back at college campus.

  27. belittle says:

    With your little knowledge u have just study and memorise the topic of demonstration then attachment yake mwati muziyeselela mmisewu.
    You’re just destroying your reputation and who will employe u with such silly behavior.
    Which organization will allow nyasi ngati zimenezi.
    Some of u ndinu ana amasiye, ana achikumbe koma mwaiwala. Bakhalani kunyumbako moyo siomphweka tiana inu touma mitu mwava!a!a! batumikilani m’makomomu basi!i!

  28. Angozo says:

    Polytechnic should not reopen at all. We are at peace with them off campus. Our cars are secure on Chipembere Highway with these brainless students at home. Let them break their parents’ cars to demonstrate their anger as they do when on campus. They think they are the only educated lot in Malawi. Little do they know that there are people out there who are more educated than them. After all they are just the MSCE holders and, only if they behave and finish their studies, they cannot boast about being educated. I have no mercy for them. They left their management on campus and went all the way to Chitawira to block the road, why???? Why did they not go and camp at the Chichiri Police to protest against the actions of the police? Why did they not peacefully match to University Office? One day I will sue them for interfering with other peoples’ “Rights” to drive on Chipembere Highway. After all it is my tax they want and not theirs. Why should I suffer twice or even more? I am heavily taxed to contribute to the students’ allowances and at the same time be blocked from using the Chipembere Highway and Kenyatta Road in Chitawira. I wish the government would deal decisively with these guys.

  29. johntembo Kuffor says:

    Okomaotani MALUNGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Plz I beg I bego you GO AND BORROW LOCK WA PP JOYCE BANDA udzatsekere POLY for 10yrs. Ana apa POLY mwano. ANYAAAA manyi onukha. NYOOOOO zawo.

  30. Gulugufe says:

    Kayang’aneni maganyu olima mmamindamu because you have a long wait before your stupid heads return to the college!

    Boma limakanika kukupatsani ti ma allowance mumaphwanyira nato katundu wa anthu osalakwato coz it had no money. Pano ndiye University Council yachita kuti whoew! mwai wathu, let these stupid kids stay at home!

  31. zanga phee says:

    Vuto limene lilipo ndilakuti ana amene akumasankhidwa mma university athu mmalawi muno akumakhala ana Ang`ono osapola pa mchombo , choncho satha kuganiza asanachite chinthu.Zagulu zimapweteketsa, kodi kuphunzira munayamba ndinu?????
    enanso amene mumachita zimene zija ndi ma Bongwe a chaka choyamba, ngati anakutumani akulu akulu akupweteketsani.
    asiyeni asove kaye , kuti asazabwelezenso.

  32. malawi says:

    Asabwereso nsanga pa campus amenewa choooooooonnnndddeeeeeee ndikupempha. adikire kaye boma likazapeza ndalama akufunazo, chooondeee pliz asabwere ndithu. Azationongera town.

  33. Long Dick says:

    Guys, if you were used to demos; please this time you have to avoid them at all cost because your government has no money and will only take advantage of your misconduct!

  34. Mbiyazodooka says:

    Whats the retirement age at the University Office? seems some of these faces have been there forever.

    1. Mr.Bambo says:

      What is your problem?Usova.

  35. wo says:

    malawi so called university

    you just have to enjoy home guys inu popanga ziwonetselo munkadziwa kuti paliso highest authority even to kick you out of college? Pano mukufuna general public to side with you. yet mukamankhala pa ka kolejiko mumawona ngati those of us in the public have not been to universities. thank God, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN never closed until all my 7yrs of study. nor OXFORD UNIVERSITY SHOWED any intention to close down while i was a student.

    After all i dont even want to employ any of this class.
    Amai ogulitsa nthochi alakwa chiyani kuti muwagwestele ka dengu kawo pamutu.
    Just relax at home and government has a lot to do more important than attendint to unrully kids. you were not born well.

    1. Kanjipiti says:

      Clearly Oxford and Cape Town Universities did not help you at all. Do you think you will live forever? When you retire it may be one of these unruly students replacing you – that’s the way life goes.

      When something like the Polytechnic demos happen, it is always tempting to look for easy explanations. The truth of the matter is that Polytechnic management did not want to open the college BEFORE funds were available for allowances. It was Mr Malunga and his colleagues at University Office who insisted that the college should be opened on a particular date and funds would be available later.

      I do not condone the carnage unleashed by students on innocent people, but the solution to this problem is actually very simple. The Government should either make public university colleges fully private (in which case as parents we should know that we will pick up the tab for everything) or if it still wants them to remain public then Government should make funding for allowances available BEFORE re-opening of colleges.

      The people who have their lives disrupted by rioting students and the students themselves are both victims of Government incompetence. Funds are “not” available, but mid this month a bloated delegation (including traditional chiefs!) will be going to the UN general assembly for what in reality will be a shopping trip, at Government expense…this is the sad reality of Malawi.

      1. Baba wa boy says:

        You are just trying to be a clever Ass hole.

        The students at the Polytechnic if they are to replace anyone and do things better, they need to learn to be reasonable. They knew Government has no money, so they decided for political reasons to raffle Government feathers, are those the actions of people who can take over?

        Malawi is full of Idiots who know nothing except being political, you do not even learn from CHASOWA, you want people to believe he was killed because he was fighting for democracy when we all know he was killed by people who were in his political Gang for greedy reasons.

        Kupusa sikuposa apa.

  36. .... says:

    Ali minister of Educatiin chanco inatsegula?

  37. mdk says:

    Zanu zimenezo.mumaziyesa ngati madolo

  38. Nyachi says:

    Asabwererenso kusukulu amenewo amazitenga ngati ophunzira ndiwokha basi forgetting that before them many people have passed through the same corridors and benefitted alot today they are productive citizens. It pains us because what they demand is not their money its our taxes. Akhale m’makwawo azidya ntoliro kikikikiki

  39. Me says:

    The truth is that Govt has no money. The demonstration you students staged just gave them an escape route. At the moment, even lecturers and support staff have not received salary increment despite a proposed 15% in the current budget. Brace for a longer stay at home! My advice, find something to do as you wait, indefinitely!!!

  40. Professor Bakili Muluzi says:

    UMSU MBOLI ZANU COME TO PANEL BEAT AND SPRAY PAINT MY VEHICLE WHICH YOU STONNED

  41. CHIPAPWICHE says:

    I think UMSU should understand that opening of the college without resolving the pertinent issues that led to students rioting is not a healthy situation at all. And closing of the roads and damaging of innocent people’s cars could not have been first before dialog. Mumafuna ayambe kutseka then zophwanya magalimoto and closing the roads come second? Nanga akanakhala pa campus pompo and continue damaging property UMSU ikanalipila? Some of us were there before but never behaved that way.

  42. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Dont open now, mmati mungatani anyapaphi inu! Ziphunzirani mmakomo mwanumo u cows!

  43. Nyama Banda says:

    Akupha nthawi dala Boma lilibe ndalama no money for Govt to run this instution

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