Government has endorsed Mzuzu University (Mzuni) Council’s decision to increase students financial contribution from K250 000 to K280 000 per year.
This is K120 000 less than the minimum fees in the University of Malawi (Unima).
The K280 000 was arrived at after students protested an increase to K300 000 that the university recommended to meet the institutions operational costs.
The students argued the proposed hike was unrealistic considering the country’s tough economic climate.
Therefore, they pushed to have the fees at K270 000, but the two parties reached an agreement of K280 000. But the final decision was to be made by government.
Government has since approved the K280 000 which will be effected in the 2016/17 academic year.
Mzuni vice-chancellor Robert Ridley yesterday confirmed that government has endorsed the new fees.
He said the university will strive to provide quality education with available resources which include government’s subvention, fees and other sources.
“The university relies on government subvention, fees and other sources of income to sustain it operations. The university will strive to provide quality service with the resources it has available,” said Ridley.
Mzuni Students Representative Council (Musrec) president Wazamazama Katatu said the approval by government is a big relief to students who find it hard to raise fees