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COST OF EDUCATION INCREASED FOR SECONDARY, TERTIARY AND HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTION

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BREAKING NEWS: COST OF EDUCATION INCREASED FOR SECONDARY, TERTIARY AND HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTION. NO MORE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED STUDENTS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: “It is a tip of an iceberg of tough times ahead. This government has failed to deliver on any of its promises” – CCJP

As if the announcement of adjustments of prices of FISP Fertiliser, water and electricity tariffs and payments of dubious charges at the immigration, MRA and the Road Traffic Directorate, among others, were not enough, Malawians wake up to the rude awakening with the announcement from yet another price adjustment, now the Secondary and any higher learning institutions.

A memo sourced by our reporters indicate the sad reality to the effect that poor Malawians must cough more if they are to access secondary and any higher education with effect from the current 2015/16 academic year. In part the memo reads, … Government, with effect from the 2015/16 academic year, reviewed fees in all Secondary Schools, Public Teacher Training Colleges and at Domasi College of Education. Furthermore, Government has also decided that with effect from the 2015/16 Academic year, there will not be Government sponsored students selected to Domasi College of Education and Public Universities. All students will be on self sponsorship basis.

It continues to read… Revised secondary school fees will come into effect from 4th January, 2016. The revised fees to be paid termly include tuition fees set at (MK3,000), Textbook Revolving Fund (MK3,000), General Purpose Fund (GPF) (MK2,000), MCDE module fee (MK1,000) and Centre fee (MK7,000) for Open Secondary Schools and Development Fund (MK2,000) which in the past varied between different schools depending on the project being undertaken in a particular school. Boarding fees are being adjusted from K1,500 to a whooping K24,000 per term.

Students in Teacher Training Colleges will now be required to pay K105,000 as fees per student per year for their training as a Teacher unlike in the previous years when they were not required to pay any fees. a K20,000 per month allowance will only be payable to those students that secure teaching practice, meaning that government has scrapped off any student allowances at the colleges.

Government has also decided that with effect from 2015/16 academic year, there will not be Government Sponsored Students to be selected in Public Universities.

The news comes in the wake of many economic woes for Malawians. The cost of living has skyrocketed with prices of fertilizer under the FISP being increased from K500 per bag to around K3,000. The depreciation of the kwacha has already forced some of the prices up and with the auction floors almost coming to the end, Malawians should be warned to brace for the worst times ahead.

Ellena Moyo.

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