The High Court in Blantyre on Monday ruled in favour of students in the fees hike case involving Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) and the University of Malawi (Unima) council.
Passing judgement Judge Hilary Potani said the new fees should apply to the students who are expected to begin their first year at the institution in the 2016-2017 academic calendar not those who are continuing their studies.
The case was first brought before court after Polytechnic students challenged the council on the hiked fees, which will see students paying K350,000 a year each, arguing that their academic calendar is one year behind other colleges.
The court ruled in favour of the students but the Unima council council asked the court to re-hear the case since Unima was not represented in court when the students carried the day. The council also argued that the new fees structure was effected on all the constituent colleges regardless of the academic calendar.
In his remarks following Monday’s ruling, lawyer for the students Wanangwa Hara said the judgement was effective and fair to students.
“I am very happy on how the case has been handled. The case is over now we are expecting that the college will be opened soon,” he said.
A representative for the Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) also expressed gratitude saying the case was fair to the students.