Poly students get court injuction against University of Malawi over fee hike

Students at Polytechnic in Blantyre have succesfully obtained a court injuction stopping the University from hiking the tuition fees.

Poly students in court
Poly students in court

Polytechic Students Union publicist Precious Chilundu confirmed the development.

The Polytechnic College  is yet to open its new academic year on October 10.

“We obtained the injuction on Wednesday so this means when students come next month, the generic students will pay K55, 000 whilst the mature entry will pay K250000 per student,” he said.

He said the court agreed with the students argument that the campus is one year schedule of academic year therefore it is not party to the new fee hike which is for the 2016/17 academic year whilst the Polytechnic is still lagging in 2015/16 academic year.

University of Malawi spokesperson Peter Mitunda refused to comment saying he would not want to jeopardise court proceedings.

The University of Malawi hiked the fees but President Peter Mutharika ordered the reduction by K50000 after violent students protests from constituent colleges of Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Polytechnic.

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7 years ago

Chilundu, does this also apply to those who will be starting first year this coming Sunday. We need clarity because we are struggling to send our wards and this might allow us to send them as the prohibitive fees meant we could not afford

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