LILONGWE (Papius Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) –President Peter Mutharika has distanced himself from challenges rocking public universities pointing out that the management of universities is in the hands of respective college management teams and councils.
Speaking in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the first congregation of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), the President said he does not expect everything to come to me” whenever a crisis arises in the universities.
He also accused authorities in the education sector of resisting change, particularly the ongoing Public Service Reforms Programme (PSRP).
“We demand transformation but we don’t want change – we don’t want to do things differently. Some reforms in education are facing resistance because we want transformation without change.
“Our university education will never change unless we change our culture of thinking! The essence of education is to change how we think. Therefore, we all expect the University to be the first place for championing and accepting change,” said Mutharika, adding this is one of the reasons that contributed to the closure of some universities.
But Civil Society Education Coaliton (Csec) executive director Benedicto Kondowe described the President’s excuse as unconvincing, saying as a Chancellor he is in that position to provide as the head so that councils and managements should seek his guidance and solution whenever a problem beyond their capacity arises.
Kondowe said if Mutharika thinks he does not have those solutions, then he can as well resign.
Meanwhile, leaders of the Students Unions of the University of Malawi have started meeting over the continued closure of public universities. This is aimed at strategizing on possible ways of having the colleges re-opened.