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Umsu vows to fight for first year students on controversial 400 percent fee hike

BLANTYRE(MaraviPost)—University of Malawi Students Union (UMSU) has vowed to fight for first year students and the entire student community on the 400 percent fee hike.

Government raised the fees in all Unima constituent colleges with 400 percent.

The new fees structure has seen the government sponsored students’ tuition fee jumping from K55, 000 to K275,000.

According to the University council, the fee hike will spare the continuing students.

However, UMSU president Ronald Mhango, has vowed to fight against the fee hike even though it has spared the continuing students.

“As leaders we represent the entire community of the students not only the continuing students. Even those who are coming in shortly, we have
already started representing now! And each and everything which will affect them will affect us as well.

“So there is no way we can accept that there should be such disparities between them and others. That’s why I’m telling you that we will do something on this. We will not fold our hands just like that,” said Mhango in an interview with MIJ FM.

Earlier, the students’ body asked for gradual increment, arguing the 400 percent “is inconsiderable and prohibitive to a poor scholar.”

Unima raised the fees as one of improving tertiary education whose poor standards have been attributed to inadequate resources, among other factors.

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