Malawi govt cuts university students  loans budget, 2000 risk expulsion

At least 2 000 students in government run universities risk expulsion for lack of fees after Treasury cut a K11.9 billion budget for the loans.

Chisoni (right): Only K9 billion has been approved

Chris Chisoni, executive director of Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board told a parliamentary cluster committee meeting on Monday in Lilongwe that the K11.9 billion budget, which the board budgeted for 17, 000 students, had been slashed.

He said only K9 billion has been approved, leaving out K2.9 billion which he said could have catered for 2, 000 students.

The students to be affected are from the Chancellor College, Polytechnic, College of Medicine, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Mzuzu University.

Education expert Steve Sharra has urged universities to explore ways of generating money on their own in the wake of dwindling government resources.

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Concerned citizen
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Concerned citizen

Sad development indeed. Lord have mercy on our country Malawi. Instill wisdom in our leaders kuti aziganiza mwanzeru. Lord please!. Ena mwa ana omwe achotsedwa pa ma loan ndi amasiye fees ayitenga kuti? Koma yaaah! School sinawathandize anthuwa.

Ndangodutsamo
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Ndangodutsamo

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE DELIBERATELY CHOOSE TO CRIPPLE THE GOVERNMENT AND STILL EXPECT MAXIMUM OUTPUT FROM THE SAME. UNDRESS AND BEAT UP THE POLICE, AND GO TO THE SAME POLICE FOR HELP. BOO AND RIDICULE THE PRESIDENT (WHO IS NOT RECOGNISED) AMD EXPECT THE SAME PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS YOUR ISSUES

Hama
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Hama

The same president want to build stadiums for private companies instead of financing students loans, what a mismatch of resources. Learn to write in small letters buddy!!!!!!!!!

BINYA
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THATS TIPEX LEADERSHI[

Mgejo
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Mgejo

Wake up Malawi what are priorities then?🤔

Phiri
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Phiri

Stadium kkkkkkk

Mwenecho
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Mwenecho

And you want to build private stadiums

Prof. Low
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Prof. Low

Govt. should only give loans to those students who are selected from govt. aided secondary schools and not those from private secondary schools. If a student has managed to go through a private primary and private secondary school that means their parents can afford to pay fees at the University. For your own information, school fees for a std 1 pupil at a private primary school is much higher than that in the public University. Malawians its high time we should stop abusing our own resources.

Til
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Til

And if you got a scholarship to go to the private school? What happens then? You cannot rule out everyone from private schools. For some yes but you cannot assume for everyone.

Prof. Low
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Prof. Low

You are right Til.

chimanga
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amagula ma calender mwa ma deal uyu ndi ndalama zimenezi.

National CEO
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National CEO

It is better to reduce farm input subsidy than the students loans.

Isaac Kazanga
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Isaac Kazanga

District councils should explore use of market fees to pay fees for needy students in respective districts. There is need to do fund raising activities for this course

Madando Tippex
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Madando Tippex

But the DPP government wants to use tax payer’s money (our money) on stadiums for privately owned teams. The sooner these thugs go the happier this country will be.