The University of Malawi students whom the administration of Peter Mutharika and the DPP has decided to hike their fees are not taking the fees issue while lying down.
Students from the University will this morning protest against government decision to approve the university council to hike fees for generic students in the constituent colleges of the University.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, this morning University of Malawi Students Union vice president Godfrey Pumbwa said they are to present a petition to the ministry of education today at 10:30 am in the capital Lilongwe.
“We are to start from Standard bank premises at city center via independence drive then to the ministry of education offices where we hope the director of high education is going to receive our petition” said Pumbwa.
Pumbwa added that students are to wait for government response within two days failure which the students are to take next action.
“We agreed to give them two days for them to address our situation; if they fail to address us, we will go back to the students who asked us to represent them, then we will take next action,” added Pumbwa.
The students suggest that no hike of fees should be made to generic students while the mature entry fees should go high with only 30 percent. Government approved a hike of fees from K270,000 to its first year students.
Students joining The Polytechnic will have to pay K380,000 while those that will be starting their tertiary academic sojourn at Chancellor College will be required to pay K320,000.
The students selected to pursue their studies at College of Medicine will be the worst hit as they will be demanded to pay K500,000 and their colleagues in the health sector at Kamuzu College of Nursing will be paying K340,000.