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2011 Worst Year for Malawi University

The newly elected University of Malawi Students Union UMSU leadership has described the year 2011 as the worst in the operations of university education in Malawi.

UMSU President Nowa Steven Ntiza disclosed this on Sunday, a day after his election into the UNIMA students’ executive position.

Ntiza told Zodiak Online that during his tenure he will work towards revitalizing good relations among students, lecturers and the university management.

“I intend to discuss with university management, students and lecturers to see the possible way forward of preventing strikes and foster a mutual understanding in the way issues will be handled within the university of Malawi,” said Ntiza.

He said he has what it takes to influence change by engaging all stakeholders in the University of Malawi management system.

UMSU is a body comprising leaders from various constituent colleges of the University of Malawi.

In 2011, Chancellor College and The Polytechnic, the two constituent colleges of the University of Malawi were closed down after a protracted battle of academic freedom.

Chancellor College was closed down for eight months while students at the Polytechnic spent about four months without learning.

The academic freedom saga started after Police Inspector General Peter Mukhito summoned Political Science Lecturer Dr. Blessings Chinsinga for questioning over a political example about the uprising in North Africa.—Zodiak Online

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