President Muntharika has ordered the reduction of University of Malawi fees by K50,000 and the immediate opening of Chancellor College.
Mutharika made the directive when he was meeting leaders of student unions from constituent colleges of University of Malawi.
The cut will now see generic students paying K350,000 from K400,000 while mature students at College of Medicine (Com) are to be paying K1,000,000 from K1,400,000. Their colleagues in the health sector from Kamuzu College of Nursing will pay K700,000 from K1,000,000.
In a statement after the meeting, the president hailed the students for agreeing to meet him. “I am glad that the students chose 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,” said Mutharika.
The Malawi leader added that the meeting has been fruitful in that they have made several resolutions and some of them being that the proposed fees structures be reduced by K50,000 across the board.
“I have also ordered an immediate re-opening of Chancellor College so that the academic calendar should not be interrupted,” said Mutharika.
He also revealed that the Ministry of Finance will make available K1.1 billion to the University Council to cover for the loss of income incurred due to the reduction in the tuition fees.