Have your say on Quota Sytem of selecting students into public universities

Quota system of selecting students in which learners who have passed exams are selected based on their districts of origin and this has created a hot debate. What is your opinion? Should the government continue with the quota system or not .

The proponents of the system argue that there are few places in public schools and, as such, they have to be equally shared among students from all 28 districts of the country whereas the opponents of the system contend that students should be selected on merit.

But education activist argue that the quota system does not respond to deep-seated inequalities in the education system as it is more addressing symptoms.

Have your say if quota system should continue or be reviewed.

 

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Sage
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Sage

when you try to build a strong and great nation, you try to work with the best you’ve. The best in Malawi come from all three regions of Malawi. To say you want to ‘share the cake equally’ is a serious mistake and is foolhardy. If indeed there are regions that do not send many to the University then we ought to go back and see what is happening in the respective secondary schools and fix it. Furthermore, don’t let statistics fool you. Like Mark Twain once wrote, ‘there are lies, dumb lies and then statistics’. We are one nation… Read more »

Mtumbuka wa Sakho
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What if the number of deserving students surpasses the minimum number of intake???

Mtumbuka wa Sakho
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My nephew got 12 points and got selected on quota system. Za 24 ponts zanuzu mwina ku mpotoko. Go to university and have an investigation,say on a district like Mangochi. You will find that all the 10 students got 6 to 12 points. Enanso anasala chifukwa 10 is not even enough. Zoti athu aku mpoto ndi anzelu ndi bodza. Koma kubela ndi number 1.

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Bingu wa Mutharika

Quota stands for equal sharing…Who ever hates sharing should question himself or herself

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

I agree, why hating equitable sharing? Does it mean they want un equitable sharing? Shame. Kumeneko nde kudzikonda timanena kuja. Malawi is for us all, let’s share everything

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

I disagree. You have focused only on equity and neglected factors such as quantity and quality of university education. Quota System was meant to address quantity, quality and equity. Since it is the easiest policy used by politicians and very sensitive as it is, it has addressed equity only. For your information, rough estimates indicate that secondary and public tertiary education sub sectors only absorb 30% of eligible young citizens. This is an issue of concern and it calls for the construction of more secondary schools and universities. The most frightening thing in Malawi is that tribes are being profiled… Read more »

tman
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If you try to please one region,you are in for political disaster

Yuyu
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Yuyu

Keep quota system. Anthu odzikonda moto buu! We all pay taxes.

Thama
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Thama

We need Quota System because it is the only way of ensuring equitable access to public university education.

Truth Pains
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Dzikotsala;
Have you heard of this term “Garbage In Garbage Out” ??? Though your home boys perform poorly during exams but still u would want to see them walk through university corridors
That’s why our country is the least among developing countries.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Only two commentators on this form have come up with the idea of building more colleges and universities with a view to accommodate students aspiring for higher education. The rest have stuck to their thoughts of supporting Quota System which is at full throttle promoting educational mediocrity and even curtailing educational infrastructure development. Look at Zambia. More universities are being constructed. So too in Tanzania. Very sad.

Dzikotsala
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Dzikotsala

Equitable access to higher education is the best system. If the Government changes to the so called merit system, cheating in the North will reach new heights just to ensure dominance. Just see the way they construct their sentences – ndi anthu oti nkukhoza 12 points amenewa?

No one should pretend that the so called merit system is the best; it can easily be manipulated by students, teachers, examiners and invigilators determined to see that only one part of the country dominates tertiary education.

Let’s focus on expanding space in public universities for the benefit of the whole country…

Ida
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Ida

Enlighten us how the North will be the biggest cheaters? Can the proponets of quota system give us the reasons why a boy wifh 14points from Rumphi doesnt qualify for a public university in Malawi whilst a boy with 22 points from Balaka qualifies for the same?

Ida
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Ida

Let’us discuss this issue with sober minds. There is no district in Malawi which has the most intelligent people. Will be happy to see ur child with 11 points not picked for public university education just coz the system wants to accommodate a boy with 20 points from Karonga?

LEGO
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Stupid people like you will always support quota system but someone with good education background will never ever support the evil system

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

The last sentence is of significant importance as it offers hope. True, expand space in public universities for the benefit of the whole country. The other sentences are merely full of hearsay which are synonymous with people who are not only emotional but also harbour tribal prejudice. Merit system was introduced by the British with a view to encourage excellence in education. Merit system encourages children to work hard in class from an early age. It fosters competition. That is the reality. Quota System, which is espoused by politicians, does not offer excellence as it dwells heavily on the ethnic… Read more »

Joni Tsambakunsi
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Joni Tsambakunsi

This system is HELL and as long as it rewards people using population, the Southerners will keep on kubelekana ngati nkhumba. The Quota System is rewarding OVERPOPULATION chulukani poti boma likufuna zimenezo kenaka lizidzakupatsani matewera ndi zodyetsa anawo nanga si ndi zomwe likufuna. Mtundu wanga ukumvetsa chisoni kwabasi. Ine ndaphunzira nawo anzathu a kuMpoto………ndisaname, ndimawasilira pankhani yasukulu, AMALIMBIKIRA nchifukwa chake ambiri amapanga bwino osati zamtundu wangazi ayi…..gule, kukumba mbewa, zinamwali, mowa etc zonsezi nthawi yasukulu, mwana angaphunzire? Kenaka muziti tisitse ma grade……mukupha maphunziro a dziko…tawonani pomwe yili UNIMA tsopano mu African universities! Zikuchititsa manyazi kuwona ma minimum grades for selection… Read more »

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