Economist Henry Kachaje has advised universities in the country to consider expanding online education to address challenges of space in institutions of higher learning nationwide.
Kachaje, who is a motivational speaker and current president of the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama), made the advice on Thursday night when he delivered a public lecture at Unicaf University in Lilongwe.
He observed that limited space in the country’s universities and colleges is hindering a majority of Malawians, particularly young people, to access higher education; hence, the need to diversify means of delivering education.
Said Kachaje: “Our universities and colleges have the opportunity to fast-track the process of introducing online courses. However, most of the institutions of higher learning are lagging behind in this area.”
Unicaf University rector Professor Joseph Kuthemba Mwale acknowledged the challenges Malawians face to access quality higher education because of the limited spaces in both public and private universities and colleges.
Mwale said it is for this reason that his institution introduced online education to accommodate the needs of the working class as well as students studying from distant places, including outside Malawi.
Unicaf University is one of the newest private universities in the country. It is based in Lilongwe. n