University of Malawi fees hike – Mutharika, Ministry of Education and  Unima Council a selfish lot!

From the President of Malawi—Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM)—to the minister of education—Emmanuel Fabiano—and his entire Ministry of Education; and from the Chancellor of the University of Malawi—APM—to the Council of the University of Malawi…you people are all nothing but a selfish lot!

Protestors in the capital Lilongwe performing a 'mourning' demo

Protestorsperforming a ‘mourning’ demo

Is it not the same APM-led government that tells civil servants to forget salary increment because the economy is in bad shape? Good people, is it not the same Council of the University of Malawi which, not long ago, pleaded with our dear lecturers not press ‘pause’ on salary increment because Unima’s accounts are unsound? Now they raise fees to students whose sponsors are the very same mothers and fathers who they brush shoulders with as they go about their daily business in this very same sick and dying economy.

Good people, nothing best describes these people here other than that these people are…wait for a moment…SELFISH. Yes, these people are selfish from head to toe; from the bones to the bone marrows; and from the heart to every tiny cell in their bodies. Selfish, selfish, selfish. Selfish is what they are!

Good people, you have been witness to a litany of sad stories of your nieces and nephews dropping out of college simply because they have been unable to pay K275 thousand kwacha fees. It is sheer insensitive for this selfish to sit down, have snacks served, get allowances, and resolve to raise fees for such students from K275 thousand kwacha to K400 thousand kwacha. C’com good people! Or is this another way of telling these students that their stay on campus is unwelcome. Wasn’t it APM himself who ordered the public universities to register needy students after the students’ appeals for assistance reached record levels?

Good people, come to think of our dear sister, Mercy. She has a Diploma in Education and teaches at that Community Day Secondary School. She stays with her two siblings and she is the sole breadwinner in her family. With a diploma, it means she is on Grade J according to salary scales in government which means she earns less than one hundred thousand kwacha in a moth after tax. And that’s where she ends with her education. This is the case because, should she desire to upgrade her education, Unima says fees for upgrading students are no longer K275 thousand kwacha but a filthy K900 thousand kwacha. And that is for fees alone. What about rent, upkeep, and all the nitty-gritties that goes with life?

Good people, government has raised salaries for civil servants by an average of 15% and yet Unima raises its fees by an average of over 500%. No logic at all. In fact, this reasoning is pathetic. Good people, how does Unima expect someone whose salary has been increased by 15% to be able to pay fees matching an increase of 500%.  We should be afraid, good people, if this is how our children are taught. In good conscience, how do those behind the fee-increment decision expect someone to spend more than they earn? With this kind of thinking, corruption will surely never see the exit door in Malawi. And we sure will be doomed as a nation. For real!

And UnimaCouncil argues that “…globally, mature entry students pay economic fees and not subsidized fees….” It is true that globally mature entry pay economic fees, but the truth is that such countries have stable and vibranteconomies, loan schemes, and the job opportunities are just everywhere. Its’ just utter…spoiler alert, stupidity to compare such countries with Malawi where the economy is hopelessly diseased, the loan schemes elusive, and job opportunities scarce.

As if the folly above is not enough, Unima Council further lamely argues that students in private colleges pay economic fees in the ranges of the raised fees. That is true. But remember, they are private colleges. They do not get government subvention as Unima does. The simple logic here is that they are justified to charge so much because that is the only money they get. For public universities, the story is different: government gives money which is used to supplement some of the expenditures.

There was time good people that college life got intimately associated with goodies—good food, entertainment, and interactive lecturers—and secondary students were motivated to work hard to taste such a life. But now this is history; students in colleges now survive on popcorn at lunch and poorly-cooked food at K300 served by, in case of Chancellor College, what are commonly called “Delicious Women” from the populous Chikanda ghetto. It remains to be seen if secondary school students will be any more motivated to work hard if they hear these kinds of stories about life in college. Gone are the days college-life storiesbecame interesting. Today, unless you add a lie here and there, it is nasty.

The fees-increment may be, and of course is a good idea, but it is ill-timed and more so, unthinkably prohibitive for an average Malawian. But who is Malita to tell APM, MoEST, and Unima Council what to do? After all, they manage the colleges and are free to develop policies that will see only their nieces and nephews in the corridors. But the irony is, these people attended these same colleges when the fees were as good as free!

A nation ticks when its policies favour the disadvantaged and stinks when the opposite is the case. Malawi nation’s policies, especially on education, and more so with the Unima fee increment, reflects the latter, oh baaad! God, God, only you God can save us. If not now, ohh God we beg, just give us the insight and solidarity to kick this government out in 2019. Mmhh it’s too much. This government is unbearably selfish. Selfish this, selfish that. Selfish, selfish, selfish.

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BUYA
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2 months 20 days ago

hey which universities hav u gone thru som of who are commenting hear…..thats an idiot way of thinking we pay tax thus y we need to benefit thru fiz….stop ur nonsense you bustard

Wachukucha
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Wachukucha
2 months 21 days ago
Nambewe, going through your comments which are nothing by gabbage, I knew you are one of those who benefitted when the same education was almost free. You were given 40 grand loans but did not pay a cent back. What a shame and you are now telling us what?? This stupid government messed up the economy . We are now talking about poverty instead of prosperity and you expect a commoner in the village to afford those fees?? The bottom line is the rich will continue getting richer and the poor poorer and there is no hope for the masses.… Read more »
Engress
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Engress
2 months 21 days ago
By saying, University of Malawi, we mean that it is the role of Government to fund every action happening within the college system. Now if one is to reflect on how much he or she can spend on fees and every requirement in order to posses university of Malawi education in comparison to other private institutions, it seems that there is no difference at all. Is it not the same Government which is aiming at promoting tertiary education in the country? Can we therefore say that the Government is reasonable enough to put forth such claims and at the same… Read more »
Chigumbuli
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Chigumbuli
2 months 22 days ago
Some of us we are just fond of supporting ideas without fully scrutinizing what is really going on on the ground. Malawians, let us be honest that this country is poor. If government can not afford to pay her people a minimum of $1000.00 in a month, how do you expect such people to pay fees that are close to one thousand dollars? Those who are blaming and castigating Marita are liars. Students across the country and in the world over are supported by their guardians who in this case are being paid little salaries despite that they are qualified… Read more »
Chigumbuli
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Chigumbuli
2 months 22 days ago

Reverse gear development strategy

Nambewe
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Nambewe
2 months 22 days ago

Malawians have got to get used the idea that things cost money to run”!!! If you get charged for using a service its not selfish of the policy makers its reality! When Malawians stop expecting anything on a silver platter they will then progress!!

Bumbu Tchena
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Bumbu Tchena
2 months 22 days ago

Good people, if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, get out! No more freebies…

Nambewe
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Nambewe
2 months 22 days ago

Yeah!!! this is independence Malawians! its about time you stopped blaming everybody on your problems! take control and realise that its toil! you save for children from early on for them to go to good schools!

ManoRo
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ManoRo
2 months 22 days ago
Kuzolowera za ulele basi. Stupid lazy people, there is no free lunch. If you want something good then you need to sacrifice your consumption today for better consumption tomorrow. If you want education that will give you more opportunities in the society than others then start saving now for your education. Government is not a relief agency or charity organization. Government is run on tax payer’s money and tax payer’s money is not intended to support projects that encourage individual benefits like subsidy on school fees. Directly, school fees subsidy benefits individuals and not all. Tax payer’s money is supposed… Read more »
Nambewe
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Nambewe
2 months 22 days ago

well said Manro!!! Malawians are a sleep! they seem to have a mental block about responsibility! they want their cake and eat it as well!! They are in for a rude AWAKENING! THOSE DAYS ARE GONE! independence MEANS MANAGING ONES AFFAIRS ONESELF!n the discussion

dada
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dada
2 months 22 days ago

This simply shows u hv never been to university

ineyo
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ineyo
2 months 23 days ago

Good people, Malawi always has a bunch of people like Malita who will complain for everything. Good people, Malita thinks subsidies will make Malawi any better but, oh! Good people it’s high time we embraced realities in this country!

Nambewe
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Nambewe
2 months 22 days ago

well said Ineyo! people like Malita are useless citizens! They want to consume but don’t Join the discussion. These are the citizens who end up stealing when they get a good job because they have unrealistic expectations! Mr Malita Jailosi hehehe even the name speaks volumes! School costs money sir! that is why they are asking you to pay for it!

nyapapi
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nyapapi
2 months 19 days ago

foolish. ,ukusokosa ngati munazilipilirapo school

Erenimo Jekemu
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Erenimo Jekemu
2 months 23 days ago
UNIMA Council please for God’s sake, check what is happening at College of Medicine’s MPH program with regard to completion of studies. The college has off late become specialised in de-registering students who have paid their hard earned money for tuition but due to systemic challenges overstay in the program some due to reasons beyond their control. Daylight robbery is what can describe this situation. To my amazement, COM is not a pioneer of deregistration. World over deregistration happens in Universities and affected students are given a second chance with clear timelines to complete their studies, a thing which is… Read more »
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