By Chisomo Phiri

The Concerned Students Movement (CSM), a movement that fights for  students’ good conditions and welfare  at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Science ( MUBAS) formerly the Polytechnic  has challenged the school management that it will hold kodokodo demonstrations to force the school management improve the living conditions which it says are in a bad state.

Speaking with this publication, the leader of the movement Peters Monjeza said there are a lot of challenges that the students more especially the needy are  facing at the institution which requires a quick solution so as to make education quality for all.

Among other challenges, Monjeza said the management is failing to handle accommodation issues as  it has  introduced a new system of selecting students to be accommodated on the campus where only a certain group of students  are selected all the  time leaving others suffering.

” The management has introduced a new system authenticates fairness when selecting students on campus hostels but what we see is not the said fairness. The out numbered students who were given the accommodation last semester are the same who have been also given the accommodation this semester to begin in January next year  yet we have many students who have never enjoyed the accommodation since selected at the school. Others are in third year and others are finishing but they have never stayed at the no campus, is that fairness?”, Said Monjeza.

Monjeza also blamed the government to stop providing free meals ( meal cut) to the students in public universities and colleges  saying this is  now contributing to poor quality of education in the country and that the government should in hurry revise the decision before things get much worse.

” The government should revise the decision of not providing free meals to the students. The students are suffering a lot. How can you expect good performance from such students without food. I am criticizing anyone who took his hand to remove the programme”, He said.

He said  if the management is not  addressing  the challenges, the movement is well prepared to hold the demonstrations at the campus  in January next year .

” There is nothing wrong with that since it is our right to hold the demonstrations as long as we follow the procedures. There are a lot of irregularities done by our management and I can say we will protest against their actions. We are tired with injustice happening at our institution especially the way the management is granting accommodation” said Monjeza.

Malawi University of Business and Applied Science has over 7000 students  of which only 850 are those who have been offered accommodation in the next semester to begin in January, 2022.

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