8 August 2016 Last updated at: 12:43 PM
University of Malawi Students to keep fighting for fee reduction
The backlash from the society must have forced them to reconsider their stand or it is because they have recovered from the shock that they were under when they accepted the K50,000 reduction from the President.
University of Malawi (Unima) student leaders have assured their fellow students that they will continue fighting so that fees for public universities should fall further.
This comes after the student leaders were criticised for accepting a meagre fees cut when they met President Peter Mutharika in Lilongwe last week.
At the meeting, Mutharika and the students’ representatives agreed a fees reduction of K50,000 – taking the fees for generic students to K350,000 – which some students are not happy with saying it is still unaffordable.
However, University of Malawi Student Union (UMSU) general secretary Dalitso Dulani said the students will map the way forward but they will still lobby for the reduction of the fees since K350,000 is high.
“I think this is a time to map the way forward, K50000 is not enough for a fee reduction and fees must still fall,” said Dulani.
Meanwhile, Mutharika has received backlash from various quarters who claim that the president forced the students to accept the paltry K50,000 reduction.
However, government officials have backed Mutharika saying he listened to the students’ grievances hence he is a true democrat.