Students fail to stop Polytechnic closure

Students at The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), on Thursday left campus after hours of negotiating with administration to rescind the indefinite closure of the school following Wednesday’s protests.

Chaos: Polytechnic students rioted on Wednesday
Chaos: Polytechnic students rioted on Wednesday

The students on Wednesday protested over the delays in allowances and it took the intervention of the Police to calm them.
This prompted the administration to announce the closure of the college and order the students to leave the campus by 8am yesterday.
While The Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) convinced the administration to a round table, they failed to sway the authorities not to close the college.
PSU general secretary Rodgers Nyirongo said in an interview on Thursday that the administration stuck to its decision.
“We have tried to convince the administration to reverse the decision, but they told us that it cannot work because the decision was from the University Council. We have accepted and we are going home,” said Nyirongo.
The college registrar Margaret Longwe said she is unhappy the college was closed days after opening.

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