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#academicfreedom struggle over in Malawi?

5 November 2011
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"Chancellor College, Malawi 1989" taken by Kevin Souza, shared with cc license via Flickr

The Daily Times is reporting that Chancellor College lecturers are ready to return to work at University of Malawi’s Zomba campus:

The lecturers say they will be returning to class on the understanding that: “Academic freedom shall be respected as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi for academic members of staff and students.

This comes on the heels of Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika announcing that the four lecturers fired during the impasse over academic freedom would be reinstated. (Though a recent article from Voice of America seems to have suggested the lecturers were going to hold out for assurances of academic freedom.) Some are speculating Mutharika’s reversal is an attempt to meet donors’ demands.

Chancellor College is reported to be re-opening November 14. I cannot substantiate that date beyond the report in Malawi Today.

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See an earlier post (or another) on academic freedom in Malawi, with a video that provides background on the February 2011 incident that sparked the struggle.

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