Female inmate makes history with university admission – Capital Radio Malawi
17 July, 2024

Female inmate makes history with university admission

A prison officer addresses female inmates at Zomba Prison in Malawi.(Lameck Masina/VOA)

A female inmate has made history by becoming the first woman to get selected to a public university whilst in prison.

Yvonne Kalimona from Mzuzu Prison is one of five prisoners selected to pursue undergraduate studies in various institutions of higher learning.

Kalimona has been selected for a Bachelor of Science in Water Resources Engineering and Management degree at Mzuzu University (Mzuni). She also made headlines as the first female prisoner to score 21 points in the 2023 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination.

She will be joined by Godrick Nkhoma from Mzimba Prison who has also been selected to Mzuni.

“Two other other inmates from Prison Reform Schools have been selected to Domasi College of Education and one will pursuer further studies at the University of Malawi,” says National Public Relations Officer for Malawi Prisons Service Chimwemwe Shaba.

Last week, the National National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) announced names of succesfull students who have been selected to various public universities. There were 19,250 applicants of which 17,883 were considered as eligible candidates by NCHE. Only 9,222 were selected to pursue various academic programmes.

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