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Experts fault Unima selection

The list of students who have been selected to the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Unima) shows that names of some students do not tally with their secondary schools.

The list in our possession has all but few private and high school students appearing as if they were studying in government schools.

On the list, students who applied for the University intake from high schools obtaining International General School Certificate of Education commonly referred to as “IGSCE” have not appeared with the schools they obtained their certificates from but as IGSCE or from a government secondary school.

Speaking to The Daily Times, Andrew Mhango Examination Officer at Kalibu Academy said they are disappointed with what the National Council for Higher Education has done for not indicating the schools from which the students are coming.

“So far we have noticed 23 students from our school who among them none is accredited to Kalibu Academy, all of them have come out as IGSCE and government schools

they did not attend. We, honestly, do not understand what sort of mistake that is or what sort of criteria it is we are looking for answers explaining this,” Mhango said.

Commenting on the matter, an education expert Steven Sharra said it has been two years since the University entrance examinations were ruled out and to have such an anomaly will bring mistrust towards the system.

“To have an allegation that one was at a prestigious secondary and has been accredited to a community secondary school or any government school, is a serious issue. It puts into question the system in place as to whether it is fair, accurate and if at all it has any integrity.

“The application forms make it so clear and the students indicate where they are coming from, and to have a whole system indicating IGSCE and no proper school while the others have been accredited rightly raises eyebrows and there is need for a probe and the nation needs to be told the truth,” Shara explained.

According to a National Council for Higher Education press statement available at the University of Malawi’s off i c i a l website: “Candidates were selected first using the equity system of admitting students into public institutions of higher learning. Under this arrangement, the top ten candidates from each district were offered places first and the rest were selected based on both merit and the size of the population of their district of origin.”

The statement also stated that over 15,000 applications were received by NCHE to be considered for selection by all public universities. Out of this group, a total of 2,085 candidates have been selected to pursue various academic programmes in the University of Malawi.

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