Malawi activists probing on university sex for grade scandals 

Women activists have said they are investigating allegations of female students being coaxed into sexual acts with lecturers in exchange for grades.

Kaliya: Abuses should end
Dorothy Ngoma: This is a serious gender issue no university is spared on the matter

The Women’s Chapter of Human Rights Defenders Coalition Chairperson, Dorothy Ngoma says issues of sex scandals in universities are real, hence need for serious corrective measure.

“I went around the country in the colleges and hospitals talking to students, lecturers and clinical staff about this. This is a serious gender issue no university is spared on the matter, including other nursing colleges.

“Unfortunately it is about power and who holds it determine what they will do with it and why,” Ngoma said.

She said the situation is like this while respective constitutions of all the country’s public universities protect students from abuses including sex.

“The power of the lecturer to form and mark examinations for the course he or she personally taught must be removed and be replaced with examinations prepared, administered and marked by an examination board if we are to sanitise the grades and end these sexual abuses,” Ngoma said.

Commenting on the matter, NGO Gender Coordination Network Chairperson, Emma Kaliya described the alleged reports of abuse as sad, saying female students don’t want to disclose these issues on various reasons.

“Fearing being laughed at and making their academic papers valueless, female students are tight lipped. But this issue is real and it’s a global concern. We are investigating on these matters,” said Kaliya. 

Activist Emma Chanika said it is a great failure by the society for female students in universities to continue being forced into sexual relationships with lecturers for good marks in this era.

“We have failed. Activists, national organisations, non-governmental organisations and the religious communities have failed because we don’t give attention to the university girls and talk to them and advise on how to deal or prevent such issues,” she said.

She urged the media and all writers to write columns and books on such matters as they can hold great powers to pin these matters down. 

Recently, College of Medicine (COM) issued a press release following allegations on social media about sexual harassment of staff and students at college.

“As a constituent college of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), we are guided by UNIMA’s Gender Equality Policy which clearly stipulates in sections 6.2.2 and 6.3.3 that there should be zero tolerance on sexual harassment and abhorrent and no human deserves to go through this,” reads part of the press statement.

The college’s administration further said it had instituted an independent inquiry into the allegations to establish the facts.

COM’s Acting Registrar, Stuart Chirambo refused to divulge more information on how many lecturers are being probed at the college, saying that could affect investigations. 

“I am afraid to pre-empt on what stage we are now. We are still having some areas undone and may not tell when exactly the inquiry ends. But the disciplinary committee will not spare anyone found guilty,” Chirambo said.

‘Sexually Transmitted Grades’ in universities have also hit headlines in Ghana and Nigeria recently after the BBC documentary exposed that female students offer sex to lecturers for good grades.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
mtete
Guest
mtete

Dorothy Ngoma and others should not pretend. This is an ages-old fact and is common the world over particularly in Africa.

Hera
Guest
Hera

You will be surprised how girls would do anything for them to excel and never get weeded.Moral standards have drastically gone down..In most cases its the girls who initiate moves that lead to lecturers sleeping with ghem

Odala
Guest
Odala

Its good and great to have the human rights bodies take up this task. I can only chip in to say you ought to identify better solutions for the power dynamics. The exam body maybe an easy but difficult task ahead. Point out universities that have survived and operate with exam bodies in and outside Malawi. How have universities which lead in the world dealt with this problem? Universities don’t operate like ABE or other professional qualifications. Bring the exam bodies with full knowledge that you are introducing examination fees which may be another gender issue, from the access to… Read more »

Hera
Guest
Hera

Shaa a human rights WO NDE mahule otheratu

Mark
Guest
Mark

Investigate lecturer FOCUS MAGANGA please

Kharupa
Guest
Kharupa

Auzeni atsikana azilimbikira school, omwe amakhonza okha will not accept this

Banj
Guest

Where is HRDC —what is their take on this issue ?

RERUN
Guest
RERUN

Check statement from EMMA KALIYA women Chapter HRDC in the article. It means you havent read it.

kanchenga
Guest
kanchenga

The question should have been where is the cry whore White.

shares