Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) has indefinitely closed down the institution following students protests that disrupted examinations over fees balances on Monday.
MUST Spokesperson James Mphande says the students have been ordered to vacate the premises by 6 PM today.
Mphande says the University Management has arrived at this decision to ensure safety of the staff whom the students harassed during the protest and other students who were disturbed to write examinations.
"These students had all the time to engage the management, but they did not choose to do that, only to stage that illegal disruption. So, for the safety of staff members and fellow students a decision has been made to close the university with immediate effect and students have been ordered to vacate the campus by 6 PM this evening,” Mphande said.
Mphande added: "some students will likely face disciplinary action for the protest, harassment of staff and disturbances to other students".
Students Representative Council President James Kalawa says this is a sad development to the students who are currently stranded at the campus.
"The issue is not sounding okey to the students since now people are thinking of how are they going home. This is because some are from Central and Northern region and the like." Kalawa said.
On Monday, MUST students protested the University's stand of not allowing those with fees balances to write examinations, a development that led to the disruption of end of year examinations.
The students wanted the university to consider all the needy, generic and economic students to write the examinations irrespective of their fees balances since the communication on the same came at a short notice.