15 August 2016 Last updated at: 10:00 AM

Government has money to pay for us – Malawi University students say

Despite authorities citing economic woes as justification for the controversial fees hike, students from University of Malawi (UNIMA) have claimed that government has enough money to pay for every student in public universities.

President for Students Union at Chancellor College which is a constituent college of UNIMA Sylvester Ayuba James said government can afford to pay for students in the public colleges arguing that staff members are enjoying expensive benefits from the public purse for being in the university council.

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UNIMA students says govt. has money.

“Just recently government bought expensive Toyota fortuners for all principals, if that money was saved it could have made a difference to a student in our colleges. “Also most of the time I wonder why we have other structures that make tertiary education to be expensive in Malawi, we have a chancellor, vice chancellor and pro vice chancellor, why can’t we have one person to cut costs,” said James.

He further claimed that education is a social service meant to be provided by government to its citizens in Malawi. “Yes education is expensive but we should know that it’s a social service that government should provide to people and to me it was supposed to be free, but due to other factors that is why we see people paying little something,” said James.

Ayuba also took to task the council for relying on funds from government and student contributions arguing that the council should have other sources of getting money.

His idea of having other sources of funding was seen to be supported by Chinua Achebe’s quote – that says “Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching” – arguing that the council should cope with the economic hardships in the country.

Recently, the University Council hiked fees for University of Malawi’s generic students from K275,000 to K400,000 but after demonstrations, President Peter Mutharika agreed to cut the hike by K50,000.



40 Comments On "Government has money to pay for us – Malawi University students say"

  • Tone down Edward we can not have solutions from this kind of extremism .

  • government has got alot of people to help. dont think you are special than others. stop forcing the government to do what she cannot.

  • Sure,577bn is there,Embassies budget is share amongst top figures,Money from sale of MSB.Refund from Tractors,15bn lootf at agricultue,Phase out malata ,cement subsidy,3bn at MERA cashgate,1.3bn at Escom,Health cashgate is there.Dpp paid the murderers of Chasowa and Njaunju, Govt paid Peters trip to Ethiopia to get his certificate.President has over 20vehicles on his motorcade.Who says Dpp Govt has no money.With all this Mismanagement of Taxes and someone should say Dpp Govt has no money.Stupid !!

  • i thnk government is now controlling the number of jobless people out there. it just want an2 ochepa aziphunzira so that they should atleast control their economic crisis. boma ili ndiye kaya

  • kikikikikikikiki U will waite and complain in vain, the goverment is now failing to buy maize to ensure food security and is also failing to employ people due to ecomic challeges they are facing now, and u are hoping that the same goverment will give u school fees, hehehehehe u better drop that school and find somethng to do kaya mutabwela ku mudzi kuno tikulandilani ana athu inu tizalime nandoloyi and madimba wa akufunika atipulidweso tidzale mzimbe!

  • Comment reserved popeza ndizindikira bwinolomwe kuti onsewa azitamandila kuti ophunzila ndi chiphinjo kwa ife Osauka chifukwa nawonso azatipanga munpulate ngati mene akutibelela m’maofesimu.

  • Kkkkkkkk mmmmmmmmmmmm mwabwera ndi imeneyo ku RSA KUNO AKWEZERANSO NAWONSO AKUBANGULA KKKKKKKK

  • Please don’t tell us the downfall of economy while I know that government is got more money. Every day they collect taxes money what do u do with those money? Every day police also doing the same. Koma kuchipatala a kuti kulibe mankhwala zonsezi timaona

  • Masukuku apamwambawa sadapangire munthu osauka kumakhala kuzikakamiza chabe nchifukwa kulira sikuzatha ndi chimomodzi ku America si aliyese angakaoneko Koma yekha Ali ndi dollar

    • i agree with you.sukulu za ukachenjede sikoyenela kupita amphawi koma okhawo omwe ali ndi chuma.ndizoona kuti wosauka kupita ku university kumangokhala kuzikakamiza.i know one student yemwe adasinkhidwa kuti akachite study Education Language ku Chanco intake ya last year koma walephera kupitiriza maphunzilo kamba koti kwawo ndikosawuka kwambiri.ndi kutaya nthawi kwa munthu wosauka kulakalaka kukaphunzila ku university.bola kumangolima nandolo,fodya,thonje kapena mapira mmidzimu.

  • Ndiagalu amenewa zaziii! Ndalama aziona kuti? Ngati walephera kulipira siya kkk

  • SAku3una kuphunzira tsopano akuchuluka milili bwanji osangosiya xool ngati zavuta

  • Isaac Jere says:

    Inde inali yaulele kale munthawi ya kamuzu primary ndi imene tinkalipira bwanji tibwerenso momuja

  • Do they think Govt only has them as a priority?? Think again. Jst stop wasting time and get bck to class!!!

    • if they are nat a priority,then we’ve a dead government

    • We hav alive Govt coz they know how to allocate resources to all aspects of the country, not jst one sector.

    • if they knw how to allocate resources,then how did they miss the education sector?tell me what this gvt has done on the part of education.if u blindly support these politicians,then u are in for a useless battle.these students in college are the ones to develop malawi& not any of those politicians.mukatha mano musamaswe phale,mulekeni mwana wakumudzi aphuzile

    • Aphunzila bwanji akungokhqlila ma strike?? Who told u tht we cant pay for ur fees?? Osangotisiyila makolofe tilipile bwanji??

  • Mike Mvula says:

    Kenako alikakamiza boma kuti liwagulile ma laptop,, bola ine ndinathana nazo bola ndili ndi certificate ya 4, zanga phee mu hardware mwanga

  • Ikhare yamahara

  • Amos Mika says:

    Ineso ndibeleke ana awiri boma lidzidzawa lipilira ku university!

  • Kapena mwachidule tingoti Univrsty ikhalenso yaulere ngati primary????

    • Kkkkkkkkkkk komandiyeeeees

    • m’mayiko otukuka ngati German university imakhala ya ulere koma chifukwa choti ndife amphawi,university imafunika ikhale affordable.affordability imatengera kuti boma litengepo gawo kupanga fund ma public university koma bola lakubali silikufuna izi

    • Mike Mvula says:

      Kuno ku Africa ndi ziko liti lomwe university ili ya ulele?

    • Low fees low quality Education and malawi university ranked 158 amongst the best. koma kumeneko tiyenazoni. Tinaonelapo xool zaulele za primary kulibe chomwe chikuchitikapo kenako timayamba kuyangana mbuyo kuti bola nthawi yakamuzu kuiwala kuti nthawi yakamuzu kunalibe chaulele

    • ilo nde bodza…university imakhala ndi njira zake zopezela ndalama& gvt subvention is one of them.ma standards a maphuzilo samagwilizana ndi fees.andale asamakunamizeni.the gvt must fund the universities m’mene zakhala zikuchitikila m’mbuyomu.asatinamize kuti kukweza fees kupanga improve ma standards.akungofuna kupanga cover ndalama zimene asiya kupeleka at the expense of a poor malawian

    • Mumafuna expensive cars agulire munthu yemwe tsogolo lozayamba ntchito silinadziwike? Principals deserve that, they sweat to b where they are now. Kuti musiye zibwana boma chaka chamawa ofunika likwezenso fees’ ngati mwatopa nayo school yo bweraniko muzalime masamba, u managed to pay for secondary education, ndipo onse from CDSS amapatsidwa loan musadzere kumbuyo kwawo enanu umphawi mulibe

    • Ana amwano inu mwano ulitho pamene mulipo nkusayamika komwe

    • ai mwina munali musanabadwe enanu komanso makolo anu sanakuuzeni. zoona ndi zakuti nthawi ya kamuzu school za primary ndi secondary zinali zolipila ndithu koma university inali yaulere ndithu ndipo ophunzilawo amala ndira ka ndalama kowathandizira pa zofuna zawo.