Students at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College (Chanco) and Polytechnic have threatened to go into streets once the university’s council officially announces the tuition fee hike.
In a meeting students had at Chanco on Tuesday, it was agreed that the two colleges should act jointly in forcing government to rescind its decision on the expected fee increase.
“Delaying action will lead Government closing Chanco, thereafter Polytechnic won’t act for the fear of being reprimanded. There is no point after passing exams but fail to come next year due school fees hike,” argued the students’ president Yohane Sambakunsi.
Recently, Unima students gave the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology a 72-hour ultimatum to respond to their petition, challenging government’s decision to increase fees for normal entry scholars.
However, government has proceeded in endorsing the tuition fee-hike by Unima Council after it was unanimously agreed that the fees should be increased.
The hike will follow another adjustment Council made for its constituent colleges’ mature and generic students.