Malawi University students want K550,000 upkeep allowance

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Public University students say the government should raise their upkeep allowances from K200,000 to K550,000 per academic year.
Public Universities Students Union of Malawi (PUSUM) yesterday petitioned government through Higher Education Students’ Loans and Grants Board (HESLGB) requesting the government to consider raising upkeep allowances that needy students receive to at least K550,000 for each student per academic year.

In a letter this publication has seen, the students say the current upkeep allowances are low considering the rising costs of goods in the country.

“We ask the government and HELSGB to adjust the upkeep and the stationery allowance to at least K280,000 per semester which can be distributed into K80, 000 per month,” reads the letter in part.

The students also asked the government to increase the number of loan beneficiaries so as to incorporate more students who are in need of tuition fee.

The letter has been signed by 14 student council leaders from Mzuzu University (MZUNI), University of Malawi (UNIMA), Malawi University of Business and Applied Science (MUBAS), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).