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Malawi University tuition fees up 400%

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The University of Malawi (Unima) Council has officially announced a 400 percent increment of tuition fees for its constituent colleges.

The decision will see government sponsored students, selected to pursue various disciplines at UNIMA constituent colleges from 2014/2015 academic calendar, coughing about MK250, 000.

Unima has effected the hike from MK55, 000 for all its programme.

The announcement was carried in a statement indicating a list of candidates, who are selected to pursue various Unima programs in the 2014/2015 academic year on non-residential government and self sponsored basis.

According to a UNIMA statement, over 12 thousand students sat for the UNIMA entry exams but only 2,000 students have been selected.

About nine students with special needs, who were exempted from writing the entry exams, have also been selected under the government sponsored entry.

Meanwhile, education activists are faulting the University of Malawi Council for affecting a 400 percent university tuition fee hike before widely consulting on the matter.

Executive director of the Civil Society Education Coalition, Benedicto Kondowe, described the 400 % fees increment as exorbitant and unjustifiable.

He accused the UNIMA council of failing to consult students on the matter.

"We have time and again said that we are not against the idea of raising the university tuition fees, but what we are saying is that there was need for more consultations on the issue before effecting the proposal. Much as it is inevitable to raise fees, we feel 400% increase at once is just way too much," said Kondowe.

Kondowe has since called for the immediate suspension of the fee increment.

Some students and guardians also took to the social media to express their views on the matter.

Howard Mlozi ‏@Howardniho twitted “@CapitalFMMw that's a pure discrimination against the underprivileged students!”

While Chisomo Kumbuyo @moso1980 twitted “@CapitalFMMw the 400% fees increment is a welcome move by UNIMA. I would urge Govt to let UNIMA fully manage the income from the fees.”



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