Officials representing the country’s four public Universities (PUs) have hailed efforts by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in the just ended 2018/19 selection sensitisation clinics conducted across the country.
For the second year running, NCHE has been conducting the clinics together with the four public Universities in the country to sensitise eligible candidates on how to complete the application form.
The four public Universities are Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR); University of Malawi (UNIMA); Mzuzu University (MZUNI) and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).
In an interview, MZUNI Assistant registrar Wezi Shaba, said the sensitization clinics have proved to be crucial and that this year’s participation by students has been very overwhelming showing the relevance of the clinics.
“The sensitization clinics are very helpful as they provide candidates with important information as they apply to go to the public Universities, all we need to do is ensure we impart as much knowledge as possible to the candidates” he said.
Dr. Sekanawo Kasiya representing LUANAR, concurred with Shaba saying the selection clinics are crucial as they enable the students make informed decisions on what programmes to apply for in relation to the grades they scored.
During the clinics, NCHE representatives explained the application process and how students can complete the form while representatives from each of the four universities elaborated on the programmes they offer as well as their requirements.
Candidates who completed their M.S.C.E, IGCSE or ‘O’ level equivalent; Advanced Subsidiary Certificate or a National Senior Certificate; Advanced Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or ‘A’ Level equivalent in the past three years 2016, 2017 and 2018 are eligible to apply.
Candidates with an M.S.C.E must have at least six credit passes (a minimum of grade ‘6’).
Speaking during random interviews after the orientations, a quarter of potential students who attended the clinics expressed satisfaction on the guidelines as explained by NCHE and representatives from the universities, saying the process is much simpler now than before.
Despite some expressing skepticism on the available spaces in the universities as compared to the number of eligible candidates, the students also expressed joy at the fact that one has to apply to the four public universities using only one form.
The students also hoped that NCHE will from next year conduct the clinics at as many venues as possible to deal away with congestion which was evident at the 2018 venues.
NCHE has been conducting PUS clinics since last year in line with its role in harmonizing university selection.
To ease pressure and costs, NCHE has also created an online system so students can apply and submit online. The system was introduced last year and the Council hopes that many students will utilize this method.
Students now have a choice to apply either online or through hard copies.
The forms are available at District Commissioners and District Education Managers offices in all districts across Malawi.
The application forms can also be accessed on NCHE website as well as websites for all the four public universities.
The closing date for receipt of applications for the 2018/19 PUS is 31 January 2019.