Lilongwe University of Agriculture bars students from writing exams over fees

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has barred students from writing end of semester examinations due to non payment of fees, University authorities have confirmed.

Luanar Vice Chancellor Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri (R)interacts with other Proffessors
A number of unregistered students have been  forcing the University management to accept them to write examinations however  the University Students regulations clearly indicates that they  need to register for them to be eligible to sit for  examinations.
Luanar Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri, said in an interview with Nyasa Times that the university rules clearly stipulate that students who have not registered are not bonafide students and cannot be allowed to attend classes let alone write examinations.
He said the students should be grateful as the University for giving  them a chance to attend their studies and all that time they knew that they are required to register.
“LUANAR students owe the University about MK 1 Billion through unpaid tuition fees. Last year the students were allowed to write examinations but the students did not pay fees,” he said.
Professor Kanyama Phiri further said the University relies on fees for running the institution and if the students do not pay fees the university struggles to buy teaching and learning materials.
He said out of 9, 000 students,   about 450 students have not paid fees and they want to be allowed to write examinations.
Earlier, some  students wrote an appeal to well-wishers to help them with school fees  citing that the University is denying them to write end of semester examinations and that they are not able to access their previous grades.
Meanwhile,  it is further known that students owe Luanar fees for the previous semesters also.
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Rastaman
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Rastaman

chokani nonse, simuziwa kuti kupeza nkosiyana. mukati school ndiyodula, nde ana ovutika mukuganiza fees imene ndi ma million akaitenga kuti? student loans board salipilira aliyense amachita kusankha mwamva? Kuli ena anamaliza kale ma degree angokhala kumenekuja kukanika kukamalizitsa fees mwamva. ndipo si onse amalipiliridwa ndi makolo awo, ena amazilipilira okha Kamba koifunisitsa sukuluyo. Its too much here in Malawi. For those from well-to-do families, its ok but not those from low income families. How can one pay K375 000.00 per semester when their monthly income is less than K100 000.00? Its only ODL students that pay less and have time… Read more »

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Something has definitely gone wrong in this country. We want everything for free. LUANAR should stand its ground.

Sam P. Mawephe
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Sam P. Mawephe

I second. Education is not cheap.

The advocator
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What a stupid comment!!
Cant you see that the marginal gap is too much? I know they need to be responsible, but remember they are not empowered economically, how do you expect them to pay that much!! Too much of Darwinism I see here, and yet the nation keeps falling. The ideological principles are faulty!! In fact, the entire education system is against what the founders of education, the likes of Plato had thought of!! Shame

Iantana
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Iantana

zalowa ndale izi isa!

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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The move taken by LUANAR is wrong. The best way to deal with such students is to allow them write the exams, mark their exams papers and don’t award them degree till they pay. Barring them from writing exams is utter short sightedness. This is the first case experienced by LUANAR even in the UK universities face defaulters, but they get their money by applying non-degree award strategy. We appreciate university education is expensive and must be paid for but stopping from writing exams is completely unacceptable. If you keep their degrees, they will be forced to come and pay.… Read more »

Kasim
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Kasim

This is very true and sensible

AMBUNDE
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AMBUNDE

Which University in the UK do allow students to learn without fees later alone write exams? Infact pa SA pompa for you to access the University premises, you have to be registered. Education is expensive. Let them pay

Mvithe
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Mvithe

Ku UK salola ophunzira osapeleka fizi.

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
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NYABINGHE WARRIOUR

BOMA LIPANGEPO KANTHU, ALONG WITH CHILIMA CHIFUKWA MUMANIFESTO ANAKAMBAPO NKHANI IMENEYI KUTI MWANA NDI MODZI YEMWE SADZABWALERA KU XOOL CHIFUKWA CHOPANDA FEES

Mvithe
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Mvithe

A Malawi, ndani amaphunzira sukulu wopanda kulipira fizi, kuti? Ndani amagulitsa malonda mwa ulele, kuti? Bwanji inu a Luanar munalola ophunzira ena kumaphunzira osalipira fizi? Ku Unima, MZUNI ndi MUST kulibe za umbwerekete ngati zimenezi ai. Boma la Malawi lidakhazikitsa bungwe lokongoza ndalama kwa ophunzira osowa a ku sukulu ya Kachenjede, bwanji iwowa sadapite kukapedza chithandizo kumeneko? Ndizomvetsa chisoni kumva kuti gulu losalipira fizili lidapita kukadandaula kwa Hon Chakwera a MCP za nkhaniyi. Palinso ndale pamenepa pamene iwonso a MCP ndi Boma adasindikidza lamulo la Loans Board ku Nyumba ya Malamulo, thumba la ndalama lothathinzira ophunzira osowa. Mwina a MCP… Read more »

National CEO
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National CEO

What about students loans? It sounds awkward. Some students like be trouble makers.

gloria
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gloria

The students should be allowed to sit the exam. No degree award until fees are paid. This is fair for all concerned. The students have worked hard and studied for the exam. They will become depressed and demoralized and may not pass the exam when they have managed to source the fees. . LUARNA please reconsider. I am a lecturer at a University in the UK and this is how we deal with the situation described here.
I hope it all ends well.