University students have expressed a sigh of relief following the decision by the state-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) to the loans form that would enable them recover public university loans easily after students cried foul that it was prohibitive.
The financial institution has since said it will engage with the student bodies from University of Malawi and Mzuzu University on the flexible way of handling the matter.
The newly designed loan was meant to deal with defaulters .
MSB marketing director Dora Banda confirmed the forms will be “temporarily withdrawn”.
UNIMA Students Union Vice president Chitsanzo Satheka described the withdrawn loan form as “complicated.”
The students expressed relief with the withdraw of the forms by the wholly owned government financial institution and hoped to map the way forward together.
“It’s a good development that the forms have been withdrawn and we can talk now,” said Satheka.
Mzuzu University Student Union President Moses Chalera hoped that students concerns would be addressed.
Government this year introduced a punitive loan scheme on the back of the treasury losing millions of dollars due to defaulting alumni who had previously been extended a helping hand.
Students will also be required to start servicing loans immediately after finishing university regardless of whether or not they secure employment.