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‘Universities’ space affects selection’

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NATIONAL Council for Higher Education (Nche) has urged government to intensify measures that will help increase students’ intake in public universities. Nche Acting Chief Executive Officer, Martha Mondiwa on Friday said, lack of space has been of great concern, since the council took over coordination of

selection process. Mondiwa said low enrolment in public institutions should be a cause for worry as many students are being denied access to higher education. “What the council intends to do is to lobby the government to expand infrastructure in the existing public institutions but also look into the future and find other modes of delivery such as going into Open Distance Learning and increasing

number of institutions,” she said According to Nche, from 2014 to 2017, out of over 46,000 students who were eligible for selection, only about 12,000 were selected into the public universities. For 2016/17 academic calendar, out of 14,361 students who were eligible for selection, only 4,640 were selected She said there is need for other public universities to to provide a conducive

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environment for students with special needs. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Chief Education Officer for Higher Education, Valentino Zimpita, while outlining government’s interventions, which include expansion of university infrastructure and improvement in mode of delivery, said the unbundling of the University of Malawi might also play a big role. “If we could look at the pace at which Lilongwe

University of Agriculture and Natural Resources has moved, we could be assured that if the unbundling is implemented, possibly the universities would want to grow and get status by putting in place mechanisms to expand and grow and get recognition as complete universities,” he said Nche has further disclosed plans to establish online application systems. to reduce cost and improve efficiency of students’ selection.

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