Anti-quota system conference set for mid Sept: Education policy equated to ethnic cleanisng

Two Mzuzu-based non-governmental organisations Youth and Society (YAS) and Church and Society of the CCAP Synod of Livingston’s have said they will host a multi sectoral conference that will discuss way forward on the quota system of selecting students to public universities—a subject which remains emotive.

Charles Kajoloweka: It is an all stakeholders meeting

Coordinator of the conference,  who is also YAS executive director, Charles Kajoloweka, said the meeting will be open to all those that feel affected by the policy.

“It is an all stakeholders meeting, and we will make it as open as possible to people from all walks of life who feel affected by the policy,” said Kajoloweka.

According to Kajoloweka, the meeting will seek to address issues pertaining to quota system once and for all.

Said Kajoloweka: “All along the issue has been discussed but in a sensational manner. We want to have a sober discussion that can help us all.

“Unlike preconceived thing that is there, quota system is not just about people from the northern region. It is a national issue that has to be discussed by players from all sections of the Malawian society.”

Apart from the two organisations, other players that deal with education activism will also participate.

“The interesting thing is that we will also invite government to be part of this conference. We feel we should have them because they are the ones that institute such policies,” added Kajoloweka.

Quota system, equitable selection of students to public institutions of learning especially universities, is regarded as government’s deliberate policy to frustrate students from the  northern region.

Basically, 10 best students are selected from each district based on their district of origin.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima who is leading United Transformation Movement (UTM) has  pledged to abolish the quota system after assuming power in 2019.

He said: “Quota system is satanic and evil”, emphasising that UTM has a clear plan on improving university education,

Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazrus Chakwera  has also promised that is ushered into government in next year’s elections, MCP would abolish the quota system , describing its as a policy equated to ethnic cleansing.

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Nyauyu
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Nyauyu

when & where kopangira conference yi….want to attend

Laxon nyasu
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Nganya says
U Lhomwes a just cowards, u know u cannot compete in class this why u cling to this evil thing. when u flooded tobacco farms as tenants no one complained on equity..kkkkk.& now u blame the Northerners for their success.search yourselves in the 70s,80s how lorries could load people there to work in tobacco farms country wide. Do u think it people had to go to school.

tizanka
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tizanka

My niece scored 14 points and she is at Catholic University and she is from Mulanje, what kind of fukery is this. From my uncles, my parents and all my siblings we have all been to Uni, what kind of hogwash is this. Put out stats that support this inflammatory nonsense and then we can start a debate. Palibe Mmalawi wanzeru kuposa nzake, how come we are the poorest country in the world and no Tumbuka invented Nali, screw out of here

Thengele
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Atumbuka akufuna quota system ithe ndi cholinga kuti azizabela. Athu awa si a mzelu guys. Palibe mtundu umene umukhala wopanda mzelu. My nephew got 12 points. He is doing Sciences at Chanco. Ndiye kuti alibe mzelu?? Chilima ngati akufuna kuthetsa quota system atha kutelo koma adziwe kuti atumubuka will monopolise the selection system just like the way they were doing before. Atumbuka si athu tu awa.

Sydney Nkhata
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Sydney Nkhata

I feel like you are a fool, a coward to face great Tumbukas in class, if you are cleaver enough you must accept competition. The best goes to university and if you feel tumbukas cheat ,where is your Police?

PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN MAL
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Quota system is equal to ethnic cleansing and there is no doubt about it. People’s rights to unleash their God given talent is being violated because they happen to come from another region or ethnic tribes. They want to make sure they can’t progress in their lives. The Western countries that has been propping up this regime must be invited to this meetings whether this kind of oppression is promoted in their countries? These values practiced by the Mahako wa Alomwe tribal government is a present danger in Malawi and must be defeated by all means necessary. Let the international… Read more »

zaya
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zaya

YAS and Church and Society should have produced figures to show exactly how the current equitable access to higher education is adversely affecting the Northern region. You cannot call for a meeting based on perception alone. You need facts and figures covering the whole country, for the past 3 or 5 years. Another aspect to consider is access to other public facilities; we can not just stop at access to public universities. The population of Lilongwe is more than that of the whole Northern region combined, yet Lilongwe has far fewer secondary schools, district hospitals etc etc than those in… Read more »

PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN MAL
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WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF BY KEEPING THE QUOTA SYSTEM? WHY ARE YOU AFRAID OF FEDERALISM SO THAT EACH REGION CAN BUILD AS MANY UNIVERSITIES AND HOSPITAL AS THEY WANT? WHY SHOULD EVERYTHING BE CENTRALIZED AND MAKING CHOICES FOR THE PEOPLE LIKE COMMUNISM COUNTRIES. WE THE NORTHERNERS ABHOR COMMUNISM AND WE WILL FIGHT IT TO THE LAST DROP OF OUR BLOOD.

zaya
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zaya

BEFORE YOU SHED YOUR LAST DROP OF BLOOD, CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE STATISTICS ON THIS HIGHLY EMOTIVE TOPIC? NO ONE DOUBTS THAT THE NORTH SUFFERS MORE THAN THE OTHER TWO REGIONS IN TERMS OF THE QUOTA SYSTEM. BUT TO WHAT EXTENT EXACTLY? AND IS ACCESS TO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES THE ONLY AREA OF INEQUALITY AMONG THE THREE REGIONS? SHOULD IT ONLY BE NORTHERNERS SETTING THE AGENDA?

PLEASE, LET’S HAVE MORE FACTS AND LESS EMOTION REGARDING THIS TOPIC…

PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN MAL
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TO ZAYA: YOU DID NOT ANSWER MY QUESTION. WHY QUOTA SYSTEM SHOULD BE THE RULE OF THE DAY? WHY THIS QUOTA SYSTEM SHOULD BE TARGETED AT THE NORTHERNERS. WHY SHOULD THE NORTHERNERS BE SUBJECTED TO THE DIABOLIC AND MOST NOTORIOUS QUOTA SYSTEM. IF YOU DON’T LIKE NORTHERNERS WHY YOU CAN’T LET THEM GO AND FORM THEIR OWN REPUBLIC OF NYIKA. YOU HAVE COLONIZED US. YOU HAVE UNLEASHED YOUR SATANIC LAWS ON US TO PREVENT OUR CHILDREN TO UNLEASH THEIR GOD GIVEN TALENT. CIRCULAR EDUCATION IS THE NORTHERNERS’ PART OF THEIR CULTURE WITHOUT IT IS THE SAME AS BEING DEAD. WHY… Read more »

Katong'ongo
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Katong'ongo

Quota system is an indirect way of conceding that we cannot compete on a levelled ground but on providing affirmative rights to those who do not deserve something. The questions you have to answer are: why is the cut off point for some districts at 12 while others at 28? why do you lag behind in education compared to northerners? Are you for qualitative or quantitative education? Even if you flood your half-baked scholars on the scene, we shall continue controlling this country. You continue to be overpopulated and expect to progress at the expense of jealousy? Some regions and… Read more »

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Kajoloweka and friends, the best option for those against Quota System is to lobby government on behalf of parents of students affected by its application to source funds in order to be used for the construction of a university to accommodate students sieved by that system. If you read through the comments posted on this forum, they emanate from people who were inculcated a culture of throwing derogatory terms against people they perceive to be their enemies. Such a culture was nurtured at an early age. That is why they have no feeling of remorse for the suffering the system… Read more »

mtumbuka
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mtumbuka

Plan to abolish quota system to appease anthu osayamikawa and remain in opposition forever

Noxy
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Noxy

You stupid people,do you really know what ethnic cleansing is?

Sydney Nkhata
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Sydney Nkhata

Hey wena man ,this is a parable man.stop creating a stupit argument here.

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