Students from Chancellor College in Zomba on Monday stage a strike to protest a recent tuition fee hike by the University of Malawi (Unima).
However the students’ protests were met with police’s barriers and tear-gas.
The protestors were calling for “affordable education”.
“Our generation has been betrayed by this government in increases to tuition fees,” said one female student.
Another pointed out that education is a gift from one generation to another, saying “it is not a commodity to be bought expensive like in a high street.”
University of Malawi Students Union (Umsu) president Tionge Sikwese said they decided to hold a vigil at the University Office in Zomba to force the University Council reverse the fee hike.
Sikwese said if Unima Council will not reverses its decision to hike fees, the students will hold a similar vigil at the State House in Lilongwe.
Unima Council recently announced that mature entry students will be paying tuition fees ranging from K900 000 to K1.4 million, first year generic students will pay fees in the range of K400 000 to K600 000 while continuing students will pay K400 000 per annum.
But the increases has been described as an attack on the least privileged students
Those marching on Monday accused government of “impoverishing the poorest students.”
Unima spokesperson Peter Mitunda said strike was ‘unprocedural’ because the students didn’t follow the right procedures.
Sikwese said they informed authorities that they would strike.
He also said the vigil is not politically motivated.
“The public should note that Umsu is not a political party. We warn those who are writing on social media associating Umsu with political parties to stop,” said Sikwese.
But their efforts to stage the vigil ended owing to a police blockade and teargas.
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