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Malawi College of Health Sciences students march over college closure

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS) students Monday took their anger to the streets, demanding the immediate reopening of their college.

The institution has been closed since March 2019 following an industrial strike among workers at the college.

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The students from all campuses of Zomba, Blantyre and Lilongwe marched to Parliament Building and Capital Hill to present a petition.

MCHS mother union president, Iso Ken Bond, said the closure of the college was a mockery to them and the education sector.

“This is trauma to us because we have been at home for many months; so, even our calendar has been prolonged. We are supposed to train yet we are doing nothing,” he said

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He said the students would continue holding a vigil at the campus until their demands were met.

The college was initially closed for four months last year before it was reopened.

MCHS Board Chairperson, Kondwani Chalulu, said authorities were working tirelessly to address the matter and have the college reopened.

“We are trying as hard as we can. But there are a few areas that we are still not agreeing on. We still have to push on and make sure that the school reopens as soon as possible. We can’t let this go on for so long,” he said.

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