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Unima hikes mature entry students’ fees

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The University of Malawi (Unima) has adjusted upwards fees paid by mature entry students that will be admitted into the 2016/17 academic year.

This was disclosed in a leaked memo dated May 12, 2016 from the University Registrar to the principals, finance officers and registrars of the constituent colleges of the Unima.

According to the memo, the idea was hatched at a recent extraordinary meeting of Council of the University of Malawi.

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“It was the view of the council that while it was understandable that generic students paid highly subsidised fees for their education, it did not make sense that the same should be true with mature entry students hence the following are the rates that will

be chargeable to the mature entry students you admit into the 2016/17 academic year,” states the memo.

Mature entry students that will be admitted at the Chancellor College will be required to pay K900, 000, College of Medicine K1. 4 million, Kamuzu College of Nursing K1 million, while Polytechnic students will pay K950, 000 per year.

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University of Malawi spokesperson Peter Mitunda confirmed that the figures have been raised from K275, 000.

“The council felt that it was not in order for the government to subsidise mature entry students who are working,” he said.

However, education expert Benedicto Kondowe said though he appreciates that the adjustments are long overdue, they are on the higher side considering Malawi’s economy where salaries and wages have remained low for the majority of employees.

He said these adjustments will favour those who are sponsored by companies.

“On that basis mature entry students will find it difficult to raise that money. This is why calls for having clear [fees] adjustment plan would make planning process effective. This will have negative social economic consequences,” Kondowe said.

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