The majority of universities and colleges in the country have been certified ready for reopening by the Ministry of Education.
Communication that we have seen says the ministry inspected the schools from September 2 to 11.
Most of the schools including University of Malawi’s Polytechnic, College of Medicine, Chancellor College and Kamuzu College of Nursing have been certified ready for reopening.
However, the ministry says Zomba Theological College has a number of areas to work on while Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) was not ready to reopen.
But MCA Principal Agrippa Phiri said they never intended to reopen the school because they are in the process of administering examinations to their students online.
“What we are doing now is that we are preparing for our students to write their examinations. After that we will be preparing for the reopening in the ministry’s sense where students will be physically on campus.
“We have been in talks with their people and when time comes for us to reopen, we will meet all the Covid-19 prevention measures,” Phiri said.
Zomba Theological College Principal Takuze Chitsulo said the college is already in the process of rectifying the shortfalls which the ministry observed.
“What they said was that we need gun thermometers which we have procured. They said we needed to have an isolation room which we are also working on and they wanted to see Covid-19 messages posted around the campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, students of Natural Resources College (NRC) in non-examinable classes have expressed displeasure with the ministry’s decision to open the college in 2021.
In a letter to Registrar of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources—under which NRC is—the students say it is painful to see primary and secondary school learners who are even more difficult to handle than college students back when they have to wait up to 2021