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NRC Management refuses to reduce tuition fees

By Amalawi - Thu Sep 06, 2:08 pm

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Management at Malawi Natural Resource College (NRC) in Lilongwe have refused to reduce tuition fees for students arguing the institution is not subsidised by the Malawi government.

The tuition fees was raised from K134, 000 to K279, 000 per semester, a development which has led to students abandoning classes and staging a peaceful demonstration demanding a 49 percent reduction.

The acting principal at the college, Jayne Mtethiwa said: “The institution is different from other colleges which are sponsored by government whose school fees are reasonable.”

Corn Fields at the Malawi Natural Resources College

Corn Fields at the Malawi Natural Resources College

The acting principle blamed the reaction on a few students who are finding it hard to pay the new rate of fees.

“Over 50 percent of the scholars have already paid their school fees but it’s only a few disgruntled students who are perpetrating the stay away,” explained Mtethiwa.

NRC Students union president, Patience Phiri expressed frustration over the development saying the school fees hike would only benefit the rich and affect the poor more.

The College has since been shut down indefinitely following violent clashes between police and rioting students.

The riots were triggered by students who were demanding an immediate reversal in the decision to raise tuition.

The students, joined by locals, went on the rampage destroying property, looting shops and blocking roads.
Police fired teargas and rubber bullets at the angry demonstrators to end the chaos. College and police authorities ordered students to vacate the premises within an hour or risk being arrested.

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