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Universities urged to provide relevant education

Vice-Chancellor and Rector for Liverpool Hope Trust in United Kingdom, Professor Gerald Pillay, has urged Malawi to invest in education and ensure that institutions of higher learning provide education that addressees societal needs.

At a public lecture that Nkhoma University organised on Thursday in Lilongwe, Pillay, while acknowledging the need for science and technology in society, emphasised the need for citizens that have all-around education.

“All those studying science should also be exposed to humanities and vice versa. The university is there to be critical conscious of society and its graduates must make society better,” he said

Pillay said without maintaining the culture of integrity among graduates, no amount of courses can help develop the country thus, universities must be known by the contribution of its graduates to society.

He expressed concern that Malawi does not provide compulsory free education to under-16 children to sustain democracy and increase capacity.

“We need all the talent society has. I urge our leaders to invest in the children. Every child should be educated for free at least at the age 16. That is how we can sustain the democracy,” Pillay said

Nkhoma University Council Chairperson, Bernard Zingano, said the university recognises the role civic education plays among its graduates for them to recognise their obligation to society.

“When learning at a university, have the regard for others. You must have your responsibility. You must be able to differentiate your right and obligation. And that is what we are offering now,” he said

Nkhoma Synod Moderator, Reverend Chatha Msangaambe, said the university’s focus is on comprehensive strategies that will impact on the nation.

Nkhoma University became operational in 2013.

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