Students from the Polytechnic have obtained an injunction from the High Court in Blantyre restraining the college’s administration from implementing the new fees hike during the coming academic year.
According to a memorandum signed by the Polytechnic Students Union Publicity Secretary, Precious Chilundu, the students have a legal support to pay the old fees structure.
“The court order means that Polytechnic students have a legal support to pay according to the old fees structure that is K55,000 and K250,000 for government and self sponsored students, respectively,’’ the memorandum reads.
The students argue that the fees hike, which is supposed to be implemented in the 2016/17 academic year, cannot affect them as their academic calendar is still 2015/ 16 but have been forced to overlap due to college closures.
“The rationale of our argument is that due to delays in the Polytechnic academic calendar we are still in 2015/2016 academic year and not in 2016/2017 academic year which the University of Malawi fees hike [is meant to be implemented] ,” further reads the memorandum.
According to the injunction, the Polytechnic administration is restrained from demanding the revised fees.
“Until the determination of this action or until further order of the Court the defendants are hereby restrained from demanding the revised fees as approved by the University Council effective from 2016/2017 academic year in the forthcoming 2015/2016 academic year at the Polytechnic,” reads the injunction.
Meanwhile first year students are scheduled to open on October 3 while continuing students will open on October 10.
The Polytechnic student’s body has, therefore, advised the students to pay the old fees when school commences.
However, Public Relations Officer for University of Malawi, Peter Mitunda, said he cannot comment on the issue as the matter is a court case.
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