By Chimwemwe Njoloma:
Vice President Saulos Chilima used a golf tournament to commend public and private sectors players promoting higher education in the country by addressing challenges needy students face in different institutions.
Chilima said this at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday during the launch of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) Endowment fund for student scholarships whose motto is ‘Create True Legacy’.
Some institutions that participated in the tournament included Nico, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Must.
Must emerged winners and each member of the team received a mug cup and a K50,000 Game Stores shopping voucher.
Press Trust finished second with Nico on third whereas MDF 2 ended on fourth.
Chilima said it was important to commend Must and other institutions looking at long term initiatives to bail out needy students.
“I am aware that Must has plans to grow this fund to a very big number. Currently they are sitting at K1.5 billion and they are trying to raise a billion through a number of initiatives including this tournament.
“This being an investment that looks at future generations is a good one and, like I said, it is commendable and we must encourage the private sector, individuals, international organisations to partner the university,” Chilima said.
Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje said there were a lot of students who need support and the Loans Board cannot reach out to all due to budgetary constraints and limitations in scope.
“I would therefore like to thank the Must Council and the university’s management for this innovative, progressive and transformational approach to doing things,” she said.
On her part, Vice Chancellor of Must, Professor Address Malata shared a story of an orphan from Mzuzu who went to Must with a pair of slippers, no fees and no money to buy food.
“The boy worked during off hours to pay for his school fees in form four. He passed with eight points and was selected to Must. He came empty handed and he did not get a loan from the Loans Board. He was desperate and that is why we are here this afternoon for students like him,” he said.—Mana