We cannot dispute the fact that education is one of the most expensive things to attain in Malawi. And while people are managing to struggle and attain primary and secondary education, higher education remains a nightmare for a lot of Malawians, both from the urban and rural settings.
To start with, while not every secondary school student can make it to public universities, the exorbitant tuition fees in the higher learning institutions – both public and private—is the biggest hurdle that people face when it comes to attaining a college certificate for white collar jobs.
However, there seems to be some hope in the community colleges concept which government is championing. These community colleges have got the muscle to create new skills; create decent jobs; lift the youth from unemployment and lift the country out of poverty.
Specifically, establishment of the colleges means that the poor youths in the remotest areas of the country, all youths who were not successful to get a place in the public universities as well as those who cannot afford tuition in private colleges will have an opportunity to attain skilled labour and thereby fend for themselves. They can also become employers of others. n