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FEES MUST FALL – MIJ STUDENTS CRY FOUL

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As they organize to protest against fees increment

Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) students unveiled that they will today Friday, November 20 2020 parade to the school campus in all centers; Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu remonstrating against fees increment.
MIJ communicated that it has increased fees from K285, 000 to K300 000 effective from January 2021. The news traumatized students as they designate the augmentation as bigoted and precocious.

The school last increased fees just three semesters ago, which means fees has been increased with plus K50, 000 in two years but nothing has changed for the furtherance of students. And now that economy has been affected by the emergency of the novel coronavirus pandemic among other reasons, students believe it is not fair to rear fees in such a situation.

Over the past years the students union has been complaining about poor learning conditions and lack of sanitary materials but to no avail. For instance, students complain that there are no taps providing running water at Lilongwe campus and the campus only has two toilets to carter for at least 150 students hence unsatisfactory. Worse still, the toilets are not specified as for gents and ladies, hence, most female students are not free to use them and not even a single toilet is approachable to disabled students.

Another grievance the students are having is about the fees that students doing internship pay. When doing internship students believe that they underwrite to the institutions they work for and to some scope making profits for the institutions. They also complain that they do not receive stipends yet they pay a lot of money which they do not even know its wished-for purpose.

The school backs itself up that the money covers for supervision expenditures but in reality students doing internship acknowledged they get visited for supervision only once hence described the school’s elucidation on the use of the money as just a syndicate.
Based on this, the students union stand not to assent the fees hike but rather to ask management to first respond to the students’ request by improving learning conditions.

Another grievance the students are having is about the fees that students doing internship pay. When doing internship students believe that they underwrite to the institutions they work for and to some scope making profits for the institutions. They also peevish that they do not receive stipends yet they pay a lot of money which they do not even know its wished-for purpose.

The school backs itself up that the money covers for supervision expenditures but in reality students doing internship acknowledged they get visited for supervision only once hence described the school’s elucidation on the use of the money as just a syndicate.

Based on this, the students union stand not to assent the fees hike but rather to ask management to first respond to the students’ request by improving learning conditions.

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