1 December 2016 Last updated at: 1:48 PM

University students take Malawi Human Rights Commission to task

Students from two closed public universities have given the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) five days to engage President Peter Mutharika on the delay to open the institutions.

The students from the Polytechnic and Mzuzu University have demanded that the human rights body should have talks with their Chancellor on the closure of the two public higher learning institutions.

The students claimed that they are to hold more demonstrations until the two colleges are reopened.

University of Malawi Polytechnic

Poly remains closed.

The current situation between Mutharika and the students seems to have now turned into a cat and mouse relationship following the president’s remarks that he is not responsible for solving every problem rocking the universities.

The students argued that the remarks reflects Mutharika’s lack of commitment in uplifting the education standards in the country.

Mzuzu University was closed after members of staff demanded a pay hike while at Polytechnic students were forced to have near quarter year holiday with no hope of when they are to hold books in their hands for classes.

However, stakeholders have bemoaned the closure of the two institutions arguing that it denies the students a right to education.

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