15 August 2016 Last updated at: 4:22 PM
Malawi Education: Medicine student’s dream in jeopardy due to poverty
19 year-old Weston Mkwate’s dream of studying at College of Medicine is in jeopardy as his father cannot manage to pay fees for him at the college, Malawi24 can report.
The student was selected to study Bachelors in Pharmacy at College of Medicine in 2015 which is a constituent college of University of Malawi (Unima).
Mkwate told Malawi24 that he did his primary education at Nsambainsa Primary School before being selected to Dedza Secondary School.
His parents worked hard to pay for his secondary school fees which at that time was K8, 000 but things turned sour when his mother died and left the responsibility to his father. But Mkwate passed his Malawi Secondary School Certificate of Education (MSCE) with 10 points and he was selected to COM.
“My father alone tried to pay for my school but as of now he is not capable to pay the fees at higher education regarding his monthly earning. “I applied for a loan but unfortunately they have not released the names of those who have been granted loans,” said Mkwate in an interview with Malawi24.
The aspiring pharmacist added that he is unable to register and might have to withdraw from the current academic year as his guardians cannot afford K600,000 for this year or even K300,000 for the semester which commenced on 8th August at College of Medicine.
“I am therefore looking for sponsorship from any individuals or organizations to live my dream,” he said. Mkwate comes from Zomba but currently he is in Machinjiri in Blantyre where his father is staying.
This is happening when there is strong disagreements over the Unima’s University Council decision to hike fees in its constituent colleges.
Recently, President Peter Mutharika trimmed the fees by K50,000 across the board after meeting University of Malawi Students Union (UMSU) at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.