The World Bank Youth Network-Malawi (WBYN- Malawi) in collaboration with the Administration of Zomba Maximum Security Prison on Sunday organized a Career Guidance to assist the qualified prisoners in courses’application for University of Malawi admission.
As part of the program, the WBYN members encouraged the prisoners to apply for University Admission, Supported the prisoners in the choices of University Programmes vis a vis their Career choices, MSCE
scores and University Programmes offered in Public Universities.
It was surprising to learn that most of the prisoners did not even know of the new system where there is no University Entrance Examination and that they have to apply through the National Commission of Higher
Education (NCHE) and pay MK8,000.
“We had to clarified this process to them and assisted them with the process which included filling the 15 page forms with them, taking their passport size pictures, and delivered their application forms to NCHE
in Lilongwe.” said WBYN Deputy National Coordinator, Tendai Banda.
Through contributions from members and other well-wishers, the Network also paid the application fees for each of the students.
Prison schools have served to be of help to many prisoners around the country, particularly in districts like Zomba, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Mwanza, Blantyre and Lilongwe.
These prison schools which started around 2002 have sent a lot of its students to different colleges across the country.
Last academic year, 15 Prisoners from Zomba Maximum Security Prison School managed to pass the Malawi School Certificate Examination (MSCE) with points ranging from 17-32, thereby qualifying for University
The World Bank Youth Network Malawi is a non-profit youth organization which seeks to contribute to National Development in Malawi by promoting sense of self- discipline, responsibility, active youth citizenship and networking among the youth and through partnership with different stakeholders.