Final year education students at Nkhoma University (NKHUNI) in Lilongwe have expressed their concern over compromised education standards at the institution and fear they will graduate half-baked.
In a strong worded letter addressed to the vice chancellor, Professor Hofmaya, which Nyasa Times has sourced, the students—who refer to themselves as “concerned fourth year students”—have quashed the manner in which teaching practice (TP) is handled as utterly deplorable.
The students allege that, among others, the University allows that they be supervised by personnel with “no proper education background.”
According to the students, “60-65 per cent of NKHUNI TP supervisors are those with other qualifications [such as] Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts Humanities/Social Sciences.”
The tendency, they say, is “worrisome” because it is “compromising” education standards in the country.
Adds the letter which has also been copied to the University’s registrar, Yobe Lungu, and the National Council for Higher Education (NHCE): “Nkhoma University has engaged lecturers with no educational background to supervise and assess student-teachers on teaching practice…we do not want to continue being exposed to this mediocrity of being guided by ‘blind supervisors’ in the field of education.”
The students have since demanded for qualified personnel to supervise them, threatening to “dodge” should the non-qualified show up for evaluation.
But in an emailed response to the students, Lungu questioned the legitimacy of the concerns, suggesting that the writers of the petition simply want “to destroy” the image and reputation of the University.
“However, without completely playing down the anonymous approach in these queries, NKHUNI will appreciate if the said concerned students will come in the open and follow an appropriate channel of communication as provided for in the students’ handbook of Nkhoma University,” reads the response in part.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :