Malawi College of Health Sciences has been forced to close prematurely following management’s failure to contain the financial hitch that has hit the institution.
The development has angered students who have threatened to petition President Joyce Banda if government does not do anything to rescue the public learning institution from a complete collapse.
The college, which has three campuses in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba, trains health professionals in various areas who also form the backbone of health service delivery in the country.
However, according to sources, the college has reached a point where it cannot pay its utility bills and is failing to purchase the necessities due to financial crisis it is currently going through.
This comes a few weeks after the Malawi Health Equity Network and National Organizational of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi blamed government for spending millions of kwachas in compensating fired top government officials when most public institutions are “technically knocked out.”
“We have been told to go home for Easter holiday and come back on 1st April,” one student said.
“The issue is that college has no money for operations because for over three months now, the college has been struggling financially.”
The student claimed they have been demanding for improved services from government for quite some time but nothing has materialized.
“For instance, the meals we are provided at the college cafeteria are very bad and leave a lot to be desired. Most students have resorted to eating their own,” he added.
The issue was also corroborated by one employee who said the public institution has run out resources “and if government does not come to its rescue it will be disaster.”
Meanwhile, it is not known whether the students will indeed be back on 1st April as management is not sure what assistant will be given to them by government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :