Polytechnic closure: parents demand reopening of the institution

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Parents of students at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of University of Malawi (Unima), have demanded for an immediate opening of the college.

According to the parents, the closure of the university signifies violation of the students’ right to education.

University of Malawi Polytechnic

Poly remains closed.

Speaking in Lilongwe, representative for the parents Mabvuto Katete said they want the college opened arguing that it has taken too long.

“We want our children to go to school even if they can say tomorrow we will be happy, we don’t want our children to grow old before graduating,” said Katete.

The Polytechnic was expected to open for a new academic year in October but the Unima council deferred the opening date after students obtained an injunction stopping the college from implementing a fees hike in the academic year.

The students argued that the college should effect the hike in the next academic year which was scheduled to begin in 2017.

The issue is currently in court but the college is yet to be opened as university management are waiting for the conclusion of the case.

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    • The fees was raised from 55,000 and others 275,000 to 400,0000 and later reduced to 350,000 after negotiations. it is stated that the fees is effective from 2016-2017 academic year. However, due to closures, Poly is in 2015-2016 academic year hence supposed to pay the old fees which other colleges paid in 2015-2016 academic year. However, unima council still insist that they shall pay the new fees besides being down by one academic year. Court gave a judgement that poly should pay the old fees, however, council says it will not open as it does not have money to cover the 2billion deficit as its budget was based on the new fees. Thats the reason student are at home since July. Understand???

    • Iweyo ndiye uli ndi vuto vote yako ija ndi imene ikupangitsa mtundu wa amalawi ku madandaula nthawi zonse, magetsi, madzi, kubedwa kwa ndalama m’boma, kutsekedwa kwa ma university popanda zifukwa zokwanila komaso kusowa kwa maso mphenya kwa utsogoleri wa dziko lino eeish mavuto kobasi

  1. Responsible parents,parents who really pay for it have a right say owez.How i wish mzuni students parents take a role too,comeon set the pace,keep the ball on the roll!!

  2. He!! he don’t have the power!! Power it is from the people who voted him!! Therefore you must not us the power to oppress the most important people!!

  3. A malawi musamaiwale kuti ndale ndimaphunziro ndizinthu zoopsa mukatengera zibwana kaya , anthu andale awononga dziko la malawi mudzina la maphunziro nawo ophunzira awononga dziko lamalawi mu dzina landale lero malawi ali padzuwa chifukwa chambali ziwirizi ndiye mbuli ndani ? popeza nzika zimene zimanyozedwa kuti ndizosa phunzira pano zikugwira ntchito boma ndi kumadula msonkho wa sartax pomwe akuluakulu andale amalandira ndalama zambiri osadulidwa msonkho ophunzira akamaliza school kwao ndi kulimbana ndi kuba kugwetsa ma bussiness a owelemba ntchito

  4. Komadi lija ndi kale atsegulireni ana azikamalizapo apo osapanga nsanje ayi.Chifukwatu iyi ndiye nsanje ndithu nkukhalanso dzina la Boma kapena District kkkkkkk

  5. Muthalika came to ruin malawi.But he went to Ethiopia for a certifiate which has no use to us.Let s have a Chancellor who can hear our cry.Muthalika has sealed his ears and doesnt care about our plight.

    • hmmmm iwe nawe dont just comment on things that u dont know how they worked,what is the functiont university counsils??? what that administration is doin??basi ndiye kuti muziti ma window akasweka muziyang’ana president??stationary imene ikasowa muziuzaso president akagule?? chakudya kaya chavuta pa xool mumuuzaso iyeyo akugule?? remember that bambo mubanja amangosaka zakudya ndikumpatsa mayi aphike osati iyeyoso aphike n then agawe mumphika,think wisely not as a fuz.u malawaians u have to understand the situetions n the rules,dont admit politicians to drive u crazy,munfunse jessy kabwila mmene zimakhalira pa university n she;s gonna open u eyes.pliz having negative attutude on this big man n his party palibe chonwe mungapindule coz his trying anyway to bring back our goog malawi we had those days.basi muziti mukagona ndinjala kunyumba kwanu ndi peter?? osakhala ndiulesi wake up, use self reliance n prevesation to reach ur dreams.dont sleep too much

    • ,kondwani auze,anthu ena akufunika asukusule kt mwina adzipenya patali,nkhani zoti pali ma councils,ma ceo,ma Directors,mamanagers afuna president akakhalenso pampando umeneu adzilamuliranso,nanga enawo ntchito yawo ndichiyani,timkanena ife kt makolo mupusa nazo izi mukumapita ku wenela police nthawi imeneyo kt ana anu atuluke ataononga zinthu,tinanena kt ana anu amakhala aulemu akakhala kunyumba kwanu,kma akapita ku xool ena amasinthiratu kukhala zirombo zenizeni ndiye kumangoti fwe fwe fwe,akuluza ndani pano?boma zake zilimushe ana anu ndiamene akuluza pano,osamadalira zaudxu(zaulere) moyo unavuta masiku ano

    • Wow,mmm,Kondwani,partly i agree with you closure of universities is a Crisis here.All avenues have failed thus why students,parents are crying for the Chancellor to intervene.Thus why when there was an outcry for the fees hike,Muthalika came in to help and fees came down.In this crisis,Muthalika as Head of state and Chancellor,are you sure he cant come in and help ?

  6. Mawa tilawile tikaende ndi mawondo kwabwana mkubwa mwina akamva dandaulo a Chancellor big man timapasa ulemu, osatukwanapo apa guys sakalola mukarukwana

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