Government urged to embrace online graduation

KONDOWE—We should embrace online graduation

The Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has urged the government and concerned universities to consider embracing online graduation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many students who finished their studies at the University of Malawi (Unima) have been complaining that they are failing to secure jobs as they have not yet received their certificates because a ceremony to award them their papers has not yet taken place.

A memo from Unima by Christopher Namagowa on behalf of the University Registrar, dated March 26, 2020 approved awards of different certificates.


“I write in reference to Unima Wide Postgraduate Committee recommendations made to senate on October 9 and 10 2019 in which the committee admitted the request for approval of appointment of postgraduate admissions and awards,” reads part of the memorandum, which has names of awardees.

According to Benedicto Kondowe, it does not make sense for someone who already qualified for the award of a PhD, masters or a bachelor’s degree to fail to show the certificate during an interview.

He said currently other countries including the United States have already started embracing online graduation.


“In the Covid-19 environment, universities should have proceeded to award different qualifications as approved by the university senates to allow the graduands to put to use their qualifications,” Kondowe said.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Chikondi Chimala has said the officials including Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje met Csec officials on Friday on several matters the organisation wants the ministry to attend to including embracing online graduation.

According to Chimala, the government will look into the demands.

One of the private tertiary institutions in the country, Unicaf University, once organised an online graduation ceremony.

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