CSOs call for action over sex for grade exploitations claims

By Memory Manyozo

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has joined calls for an investigation into an allegation that lecturers at Mzuzu University and other public universities demand sex in return for grades.

In a letter to the Minister of Education Madalitso Wirima Kambauwa, HRDC Coordinator Kelvin Chirwa, says the allegation is deeply troubling as it undermines the trust and integrity of the country’s educational institutions.

Chirwa says the safety and well-being of students, particularly girls and women, must be prioritized and all necessary measures should be taken to ensure that they are protected from any form of exploitation and harassment.

HRDC says government officials should work together to create a culture of respect, equality, and integrity within public universities by taking decisive action against misconduct and fostering a supportive environment for all students.

Similarly, a statement by Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director Benedicto Kondowe and board chairperson, Limbani Nsapato says immediate action is required on the matter.

“The pursuit of knowledge should never come at the cost of one’s integrity or autonomy adding that it is a fundamental right, that every student be afforded the opportunity to learn without fear of coercion or exploitation,” the statement reads.

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