Eighteen-year-old Thandiwe Chautsi from Njolomole Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njolomole in Ntcheu is looking for K250 000 fees for tertiary education at Mzuzu University (Mzuni).
Her case comes at a time when some students from well-to-do families are allegedly benefiting from the students loan programme. Her application to the High Education Student Loans and Grants Board was not successful
Thandiwe, who scored 19 points in Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) examinations at Providence Girls Secondary School in Mulanje, lost her mother and father in 2006 and 2012 respectively.
Throughout her secondary education, she was sponsored by National Aids Commission (NAC). However, the organsation’s sponsorship was only for secondary school level.
Thandiwe said: “I applied for students’ loan in August last year, but my application was not approved. I am worried about my future because I do not have anybody to pay school fees for me. Classes will commence on 20 March this year, but I do not know where to source school fees. I appeal to well-wishers to help me.”
She was selected to study bachelor of arts in education and she is the first child to be selected to university from her family. Thandiwe says her brother also dropped out of Salima Technical College after failing to raise school fees.