Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano says university authorities need to resolve the issues surrounding the closure of public universities since government is not responsible for ending all problems facing universities in the country
At the moment The Malawi Polytechnic, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) are all under indefinite closure due to various problems facing the institutions.
The Polytechnic is yet to been opened as the council is failing to resolve issues regarding fees hike, Mzuni was closed after a staff strike while MUST was also closed on Monday after students demonstrated against persistent water problems at the campus.
But responding to questions over the closure of the public universities, Fabiano said university councils at the three institutions are the ones responsible for resolving issues affecting the universities.
“We would like the universities to take full responsibility to manage the issues affecting the universities,” said Fabiano.
He claimed that government would only come in as a last resort after the authorities at the three universities have failed to deal with the challenges. Fabiano further said that not all problems affecting universities in the country should be solved by government. Activists has since condemned the closure of the universities saying the situation will lower the country’s education standards.