Students at University of Malawi’s Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) on Saturday vowed to fast to force their management to raise their food allowance from MK900 to MK1, 350 per day.
According to sources inside the campus, students demand the allowances following increase of catering services at school.
“The allowances which are received monthly got finished in the mid of the month forcing them go for classes with an empty stomach,” said one student.
Students are supposed to receive to K40, 500 per monthly each but are getting K27, 000 per month which makes them difficult to cope up with the current economic situation.
However, the management is pushing the students to go home until the issue is resolved but students want to stay, learn and study as that would affect their academic calendar and others are preparing for exams.
The management told the students that those who feel are poor and can’t afford to buy the food must withdraw and go home.
National Organisation for Nurses in Malawi (NONM) Information and Advocacy Manager Benson Phiri said the decision by the management to allow students look for food using their own money will expose them at risk of mischievous behaviour.
“Most of the students at KCN are girls and can easily contract diseases and unplanned pregnancies in the course of looking for money to buy food at the campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, the management said there are waiting for the disbursement of their funding from the University of Malawi (UNIMA) but expects students to attend classes and go to clinical area every day.