Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Malawi academics still protesting for academic freedom
Back in March, a lecturer at the University of Malawi was taken in for questioning by high-ranking police officials after discussing the uprising in Egypt in one of his political science classes. The situation escalated and has become an extended battle of wills between the government and the higher education in the sector which has still not been resolved. The academics have simple demands - they want a guarantee of academic freedom. The government has shown no inclination to agree to such demands. The police chief responsible for the initial arrest has been protected. Lecturers have been ordered back to class by University Admin, University Council and the President himself. The lecturers have, several times, resorted to the courts to prevent their summary dismissal. Yesterday, lecturers at Poly (one of the constituent colleges of University of Malawi) again demanded academic freedom be protected before they would return to class.