August 5, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi’s president Peter Mutharika on Thursday said that the cost of higher education is not cheap in the world.
President Mutharika who is also University of Malawi (UNIMA) Chancellor made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace in the capital city Lilongwe during an audience with public universities student’s union leaders over fees hike.
“All of us will be proud to take our education standards high to international levels. There is always a cost for high education standards wherever you go in the world. On the other, we need to attend to our local situations, including the income levels for most Malawians,” said Mutharika.
He further that,” Our problem in education goes beyond money It is important to realize this point, b-ecause we need to avoid looking at the problem in a narrow perspective.”
According to president Mutharika, the cost of training one stud¬ent in our public universities is at MK2.5 million per year, and the maximum is MK5.5 million.
President Mutharika also saluted UNIMA student’s representatives for giving dialogue a chance.
“Dialogue is the right thing to do. I do not believe that breaking other people’s cars and burning your own hostels will bring you any solution. But am still proud of you as University Students. You are this nation’s forthcoming intellectuals, decision makers and solution finders,” said Mutharika.
He added that, “I know that there are some students who genuinely want dialogue for us to find a balanced solution. But I also know that there are some who want to use fees as an excuse for their own politics.”
In a related development, some Civil Society Organisations in the country demonstrated peacefully in all cities aganist the fees hike,
in Blantyre City, the ‘UNIMA Fees Must Fall’ protests were lead by Comrade Mayuni who with the help of other five people marched from Kamuzu Stadium to Blantyre Civic Offices to present their petition.
The petition was received by the Director of Planning in the Office of Blantyre District Commissioner (DC) Francis Matewere who assured the demonstrators that the petition letter will be directed to relevant authorities.
Meanwhile, president Mutharika and students from Public Universities agreed to have fees for generic students reduced from K400,000 to K350,000 while fees for mature students of College Medicine is now pegged at M K1 million; Kamuzu College of Nursing MK700,000.
At Polytechnic and Chancellor College they will be paying MK600, 000.