Mzuzu University (Mzuni) is set to embark on scholarship fundraising concert with the aim of raising money to assist needy and deserving students who have been selected to pursue various programmes at the institution.
Mzuni Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Loveness Kaunda, said the institution has decided to come up with the programme as a result of failure by a number of students to pay for their studies because they cannot afford.
She said as of now, the situation is so bad that students fail to sit for their final examinations because they have not settled their tuition fees balance in good time.
“As for this week, 43 students, some of which are final year students, had to be sent home. Many other continuing students have similarly been forced to reserve their places of study.
“So as an institution, we cannot just sit back and watch their potential, talent and abilities dying,” said Kaunda.
“They are high academic achievers on whom the country is relying on to take up the mantle of leadership in the near future. And that is why we are embarking on different activities to raise funds to help those students to access tertiary education,” added the deputy vice chancellor.
Kaunda further said that during the 2014/2015 academic year alone, Mzuni offered study places to 599 academically deserving students, but due to lack of funds for their tuition and upkeep, many of the selected students have been forced to withdraw from their studies with little or no hope to return for the same.
As a start, the institution is hosting Chileka-based- award- winning reggae band, Black Missionaries, at Mzuzu Lodge this Sunday, where gate collections will be directed towards the program which is known as ‘The Mzuzu University Students Scholarship Fund (MSSF)’.
“For this year, we will only have one activity, that’s the music concert. But as soon as we resume the school calendar this coming January, we will line up quite a number of activities for the whole year round so that our efforts to educate young Malawians should be fruitful,” Kaunda said.
Since its establishment in 1997 as a second public institution of higher learning, Mzuzu University has been solely relying on government funding and students’ tuition fees for its day to day operations.
Currently, Mzuni has an enrolment of over 3,500 students from all 28 districts of the country, studying in different disciplines.–ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :