University of Malawi students plan protests against shut down, allowances

Students of the University of Malawi are threatening to hold demonstrations if authorities will not meet their demands by January 5.

Chanco campus

Chanco campus

Their demand includes the immediate reopening of the Polytechnic, Chancellor College and College of Medicine, and the increment on their upkeep allowance which currently stands at about MK32, 000 per month.

In a statement the University of Malawi Students Union says it is sad that the College of Medicine (Blantyre Campus) has been closed indefinitely for simple issues that they believe management had all the capacity to deal with.

“Just to add on that, the Malawi Polytechnic is still on holiday despite its holiday ending on December 7, 2014, according to the academic calendar. The supposedly 5 weeks’ holiday has been unnecessarily extended to 2 months without apparent reasons. The closure of this college and the extension of the holiday at Poly makes us conclude that UNIMA management does not want students to be in school at this particular time for reasons known to themselves,” reads the statement.

On stipends allowances the students say the money they getting cannot sustain them buying food for a month because of recent price hikes on foods and other commodities.

“Currently, students who are accommodated on campus get K32, 750 and if we divide it by K1, 700 which is the standard daily expense on food, you will find out that the money last for about 19 days. So what we are asking government and everyone who processes this money is that we need food or money for the remaining 11 days as per prolatar basis agreement that we signed with government.”

They says UNIMA has been facing these problem for a long time now, and this simply shows that “someone at the university office is not doing his or her job right” because all these poor and bad decisions made by colleges are duly endorsed by the university office.

“The issues have led to dwindling education standards in the once mighty institution,” reads the statement.

As a student body, the statement say, it believes that students are supposed to be in school and not at home.

“We say no to the act of treating students as if we are wives in a family whereby if there is a misunderstanding, they are sent to their parents for counseling. We therefore urge the management of College of Medicine, Chancellor College and Polytechnic to reopen the institutions as soon as possible while we are pondering on the everlasting solution to these problems.

“We want government to provide food allowances for the 11 days deficit that we are currently running on, with immediate effect.

“We want UNIMA council and/or government to resolve the Supporting Staff strike as soon as possible,”  the statement says.

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Fig
Guest

Hahaha stop dreaming what contribution are u bringing to this nation.. WTf , are you working in the gvt system to raise your upkeep ? No wonder you are the worst university in the world … Faggots…

Fig
Guest

Hahaha stopping dreaming what contribution are u bringing to this nation.. WTf , are you working in the gvt system to raise your upkeep ? No wonder you are the worst university in the world … Faggots…

Mphichi
Guest

The best solution the government must do is to remove student’s allowance and that amount must be deducted from their school fees period.

دج
Guest

APM AKWANITSA KUTHANA NDIMAVUTO ONSEWA! PALIBE CHINGAMVUTE APM!

chakwera kabwira
Guest

Do not reopen these colleges because these stupid fools like fucking and drinking. waste of my tax payers money. Close all down indefinitely. We shall open munda wachitukuko pa poly plus tarven. basi, ku chanco tiikako atsilikali ndi apolosi adzimenyana pafupi, ku college of medicine tiikako onse wodwala ebola

Matako
Guest

The only thing that can save this country is for APM to resign. Lets all take to the streets until he steps down. As a CEO it is obvious he has failed us miserably. No need to prolong his employment. He was on probation and he has proven that he is incompetent to govern therefore he should resign asap.

Mphichi
Guest

Rome was not built in a day.

chigawenga
Guest
If APM thinks that by staying quite things will get better I have news for him. The fact of the matter is that this president is very inexperienced and inept to lead our country. He does not have qualities of a strong leader. He is being mislead by his boot licking minister of information. he should resign as our country is not only in a mess but also things are getting worse by the day. Why do we pay these people what we are paying for? Others have already said it here that APM must resign as he has shown… Read more »
Kanyimbi
Guest

Simukupindulira boma mukamaliza maphunziro anu. Bola kutenga ophunzir a ku technical college.

Angry Parent
Guest

These are largely qouta system products, a considerable percentage of them having come from expensive private secondary schools. Deserving students would rather live on bonya and cabbage – just to get that precious degree. FEDERATION is the answer to this stupidity.

Munthu wa Mulungu
Guest

Pali anthu ena amene alibe mwana wa ku college, komanso pali emene ana awo ali ku ma college a kunja. Ngati muli mmodzi wa amenewa chonde musapondereze ana a anzanu. Ndalamazi ndi misonkho ya wathu, ndipo ina mwa ntchito zake ndi imeneyo. Si ndalama zoti anthu atatu okha azigawane ayi. Give the students what they deserve. You, students, fight the noble battle. That is your money.

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