Abolish quota system, Malawi President told at Umtheto

CCAP Livingstonia Synod moderator Douglas Chipofya has reiterated the synod’s demand for President Peter Mutharika to abolish the controversial university quota system, saying it is denying deserving Malawians access to education.

President Mutharika with Inkosi Mbelwa at Umtheto festival

President Mutharika with Inkosi Mbelwa at Umtheto festival

He said the controversial quota system, under which university entry was determined by one’s place or origin rather than straight merit, should be abolished.

Chipofya said this on Saturday during the Umthetho Cultural Festival.

He, however, expressed delight in government quest for increase intake into public universities.

Chipofya nonetheless commended Mutharika for launching construction of Mombera University of Animal Sciences in Mzimba to ease the scramble for higher education in the country.

He reiterated that the country needs a short-term solution to end the quota system which the synod’s general secretary, the Reverend Levi Nyondo, termed a monster.

The DPP government  is championing the construction of nearly 10 universities to expand access to tertiary education.

Malawi University of Science and Technology, constructed through a Chinese loan, opened its doors in Thyolo.

Bunda College of Agriculture was delinked from the University of Malawi in August 2011 to become part of the newly established Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In his speech about the cultural festival, Mutharika said he strongly believes in preservation of culture and its diversity.

“Culture is the rock on which we build development. We can use culture to shape the way we think and do things. This is the duty of every cultural group in this country. Therefore, cultural groupings should teach us the right values that will make us a proud, united and successful nation,” said Mutharika.

The President said Malawi needs to develop a culture of patriotism, integrity and a spirit of hard work among people.

“These values and pillars of progress must be embraced and be made part of our culture, in all our cultural groupings across the nation,” he said.

Mutharika also said embracing our culture and heritage will support and promote the economic transformation the Malawi government has undertaken.

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Mapwesela
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My fellow Malawians of Tumbuka origin. Do not waste your time thinking that south will soften its concept and belief of Quota system. It is here to stay until northerners do the following 1. stop cheating during examinations. 2. Allow only invigilators from south and center to invigilate all schools in north during MANEB Exams. 3. Allow only the Lomwe and Chewa teachers to mark examinations for each and every Mtumbuka as Tumbuka markers give out marks to fellow Tumbukas.The is tangible evidence for this argument. Even center introduced it during Kamuzu. Quota system is user friendly to south and… Read more »
sunderstar
Guest
Quarter system MUST not be abolished, it does not benefit one region it benefits all the Districts because each district contributes equal number of students to College, I dont know why this quarter system has been heavily politicised in the Northern Region and its a campaign tool. Not all the people in the Northern Region cheat but a good number of institutions there practice it, I have evidence and proof. It is not TRUE that Northerners are intelligent but the truth is, In Malawi the first Institutions of Learning were established in the North by Dr Laws at Livingstonia and… Read more »
kubela
Guest

Ine ndinakwatila mkawi waku mpoto. Anandiuza kuti amatsegula mayeso ndikuwonela. chifukwa atumbuka amasungilana chinsinsi. Geography anapeza credit ma MCE koma sadziwa contour ndi chiyani. Can you imagime.

Wakwandewo
Guest

Let this stinking quota system must be abolished if you want a peaceful Malawi.

Rodgers Banda
Guest

Mr/mrs keen observor, are you telling us that if they is no one in nsanje who reached the bench mark to go to university they should select any one to fulfil equal distribution? Then your points are brutish. How far did you go with education? Kwacha schools?

The Patriot
Guest

Atumbuka anzanga amvereni chisoni anzathu aku South makamaka a Lhomwe anzanu mayeso sangathe kupikisana nanu, ndiye angofuna malo 10 a ana awo! But you Mulakhos please stop saying atumbuka amabera mayeso, munaona ndani? Bingu sanapite ku UNIMA, he was just confabulating when he said that Mzuzu corner was for cheating!!

jj
Guest

Quota must stay, it will stay, it shall stay, it is staying.Only those that abused the open system cry and they must cry, they will cry, they shall cry, they are crying!

JJ PHIRI
Guest

WHY ARE THOSE FROM THE CENTRE NOT COMLAINING? I DO NOT BELEIVE ONE REGION HAS BRIGHT PEOPLE. THERE MUST BE A SYSTEM USED DURING EXAMS

Kapoloma monster
Guest
If people from south and center have never closed their ears so that they dont hear what northerners are crying for, this is time for people from south and center to do so and pretend to be not only as the death but also as the dumb.These northerners are actors in this situation. This quota system is a living thing and has born to stay until the field of play is equal.Northerners are examination cheaters and the marking teachers from north also cheat during marking. You forget one thing that the president is from the region whose candidates use their… Read more »
Kenkkk
Guest

Kapoloma monster, you have really exposed all your foolishness and shallow- mindness.

You know tumbukas will never rule malawi but why are you complaining about people who never rule the country? How can people who can’t rule the country outsmart the rulers? You are just stupid man.

If tumbukas were cheating at exams, why were other districts in the centre and south not cheating as well to match and outclass the tumbukas?

Hate will take you no where. Eventually God sorts out these things, mark my words.

Magadi Mwase
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I PROPOSE CHIPOFYA FOR “PARAMOUNT CHIEF OF MZIMBA KINGDOM”

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