Activist blasts Unima fee hike 

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One of the country’s education commentators has blasted the University of Malawi’s (Unima) decision to hike fees for mature entry students.

The commentator, Benedicto Kondowe said the fee hike is not a welcome development considering the hard economic times Malawi is going through.

He wondered whether the institution made some necessary assessment if the raising of the fee is practical under the current situation of economy.

Benedeicto Kondowe

Kondowe: Blasts the fees hike.

“My own feeling is that the adjustment is quiet high competitively. Much as I do appreciate that the cost of living has gone up to provide that service, the question that one must look at is whether the adjustment takes into account our economic environment.

“And if not careful enough this will serve as a hindrance to accessing education especially if the salary and wage bill is still under the ongoing economic situation implying that most students will end up struggling to pay for the various courses,” explained Kondowe.

He emphasized that it would have been so good if the adjustment were in line with what people are getting from their employers.

However, through its publicist Peter Mitunda, Unima has defended its decision to hike the fees saying most of the students are working and others are engaged in various business activities hence the hike.

“The understanding is that these students were paying highly subsidized fee for their education. You know that these mature students most of them are working, so we want that there should be difference between the general students and the mature entry students,” said Mitunda.

He further said that there will be more documentation from the government on other fees saying they need to be adjusted depending on the type of the course and program and added that some information on this hike will be coming.

The hike which will be effective in the coming academic year, will see mature entry students paying K900,000 at Chancellor College, K950,000 at The Polytechnic, K1 million at Kamuzu College of Nursing and K1.4 million at College of Medicine.

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  1. Ooooooo my God! my fellow malawian is killing me by denying me an access to education. you did not select us to unima but I tried to work hard for education but now kundifinyabe. GOD knows

  2. Dont worry, when am done with my diploma am going to zambia maybe I can have that chace there. These greedy idiots wants to make life tough for some of us………………………………..

  3. BVUTO LALIKULU MU MALAWI LOTI ASOGOLELI AMAKHALA OKOMA MTIMA NTHAWI YA KAPENI BASI AKANGOWINA MAPLANI OMWE AMAKHALAPO NDIOKWEZA MITENGO MUSAIWALE MUZATIFUNA 2019 MUKUFUNA MUNENE KUTI OPHUNZILA ANAKWANA MTENGO MWAOOJEZA ZEDI CHONDE MUSISI KUTI MUTHU WAKUMUDZI AZIKWANITSA KULIPILA

  4. Nowadays it’s becoming education by chance rather than in the past when it used to be education by choice. So you Govt. you think you can solve all the problems by doing such evil. Mudakangonena kut osauka chathu palibe kma osat kumakweza fees.

  5. Muone mmene akwezera fees koma akabwera ku salary ya munthu wogwira ntchito m’boma munva kuti 5%.. Inuso a TUM mukangolola zamanyizo mukaphunzitsa nokha mkalasi muwona… Ifeso atikwezere salary ndi 300% ngati mmene akumakwezera zinthu zawozo… Zikumangokomera mbuzi kugunda galu apa… Nde buy Malawi campaign ilipati apa pamene akudulitsa zinthu zawo… ZOPUSA BASI.. KUSAGANIZIRA ANTHU ANU

  6. zowawa kwambir malipiro ndiomwe aja koma cmukuona mabvuto aanzunu mongokweza feez muli phee pot inu zanu znayera kale mudziganiza kawiri mukuononga tsogolo la ana anzanutu mawa ndi ana aabale anu ndi azchemwali anu

  7. where z malawi going.poor salaries but mature fee wuuu abomination. but why z this so.u want 2 bar pple 2upgrade themselves. soften ur heart plz nafensotu we nid higher education

  8. Koma Malawi wavuta,chancellor waUNIMA wavomeleza zimenezi?Ameneyidi alikutali ndi ife eti,ndi matchonadi eti?Aphunzitsi a akupanga matureyo ku poly ndi chanco amalandila zingati?Wadiploma kusecondary apitiliza?Koma a Malawienanu ndiozikonda eti?Wina ati univesity education is aprevilage zoona!A Malawi nthawiyakwana tiyeni tizuke tidemande nafensomalipilo abwino,oti tikalandila azikwana fees.Kodi mapwiyayu ndimayesa ndipompanonso watutumuka kutiophunzira ambiri akulephera fees ?Bomali lilimkati moyesela ulamulilodi eti?Mulungu alowelelepo.Ku MZUNImost upgrading students ndi primary and seco teachers olipidwa k50000-K80000 omwenso ali ndi mabanja akuphunzilanso mozunzika kungozimana zambiri,ayi chikho ichi chitipitilire,amalawi tiyeni tipemphele kolimba.

  9. I left Xul Coz Of, Xul Fund. Then U talking About 950.000 Eiiiiiiish!!! Un equal Treatment Of Unequal Those Who ar rich Continue To be Rich, Those Who ar Poor Continue To Be Poor.

  10. No need to force a child to go to school bcoz Malswi dropping st zero . Asiyeni sziphunzira okha . Ena akulephera yochepayo koma ali degree what about k10000000? Malawi sadzatukukanso

  11. Ati Mature Student Akugwira Ntchito, Ku Boma Salary Wa Diploma Ndi K80 Grand, Pachaka Ndi K960 Grand Osachosapo. Nanga Rent ? Mgaiwa ? Transport ? Stationary ? Zovala ? NANGA K 1.4 M ZIKUGWIRIZANA?!!??? AKUFUNA MAKASU A BOMA ACHULUKE~CHEAP LABOUR !??! JACKASSES!?!?

  12. This sector must be left alone as long hiking of fees is concerned , govt shouldn’t just hike fees anyhow coz much Malawians will not afford , please think it back!!!!

  13. Stupid, why cry the hike? the kwacha is devalued so inorder for unima to deliver the best the hike is justifiable. these are part of the much heralded public sector reforms.
    University education is a previllage not an entilement for every jim and jack….ameme sakufuna asiye.
    MZUNI, LUANAR and MUST should also hike the fees …we want quality if this is too much then apply for schokarships

  14. I am Very dissapointed with the Government….. (serious) instead of kuwuza ana a xul kuti limbikilani school then your busy killing the youth, mukupanga zimenezo chifukwa choti ana anu akuphunzila ma school akumayiko akunja pamene ine even ndalama yoti ndigule nkhobwe kuti ndidye nsima ndilibe.. Ngati imavuta K300,000 kuti mwana alowe nkalasi mpakana student wina amapanga business yogulitsa nyemba ndi chimanga kuti alowe nkalasi komabe fizi’yo osapezeka ayi……. Mwampha MALAWI kunena chilungamo anthu abomanu!!!

  15. UNIMA’s conduct is what makes it absent from the precious list of top 15 best universities in Africa. They do things as if they do not think. How many Malawians can afford such fee hike; even if it were K300,000.00? More than 70% of Malawians have never touched such amounts of money in the whole of their lives. Already, the poor are greatly marginalised with the current school fees at UNIMA. Kodi iwo sawerenga news ndikuona kuti ana ena akumachita kugulitsa atondido kuti apange raise fees? Bwanji anthuwa ndiouma mitima chonchi? Adzakulangani Mulungu ndikhalidwe lanu lopanda chisoni ndi chifundo ndianthu osauka. Ntchito kumawabera!

  16. UNIMA YASANDUKA SUKULU YA ANA AMA MP, MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS NDI ANA A ANTHU OLEMERA. IF KAMUZU WERE HERE AKANADABWA KUWONA BIZINESS YOMWE YALOWA PA UNIMA.

  17. UNIMA’s conduct is what makes it absent from the precious list of top 15 best universities in Africa. They do things as if they do not think. How many Malawians can afford such fee hike; even if it were K300,000.00? More than 70% of Malawians have never touched such amounts of money in the whole of their lives. Already, the poor are greatly marginalised with the current school fees at UNIMA. Kodi iwo sawerenga news ndikuona kuti ana ena akumachita kugulitsa atondido kuti apange raise fees? Bwanji anthuwa ndiouma mitima chonchi? Adzakulangani Mulungu ndikhalidwe lanu lopanda chisoni ndi chifundo ndianthu osauka. Ntchito kumawabera!

    • This is double punishment 4 the employed. Your so called Unima wouldnt be running without the very taxpayers money, u get govt funding from tax collections, even the structures u are using were built from taxes now u think u own them. Do you want to take evrything from a poor person. Mwaiwala kale kuti ma PHD(permanent head damage) muli nawo munaphunzira ija yaulele ya Kamuzu ena ya Bakili. Maloan aja mpaka lero simunabweze. I think kuphunziira too much umazelezekanso nanga zoona senate ya anthu ophunzira kumamkambirana zopusazi . You are a fuckn bunch of morons, get lost. Stupid theorists cant u see the employed are ones deserving subsidy coz they already pay taxes?! Mbuzi zophunzira _clueless sons of a bitch