Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje on 22nd September, 2020, applauded Chancellor College for the strides made in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister was on a tour to appreciate the level of preparedness of the college, which resumed Fourth year classes on 14th September this year.

On the tour, the Minister visited several sections of the college, including the Department of Human Ecology, where the college is making University of Malawi-branded face masks for its staff and students for free. She also visited the Department of Chemistry, where the college is producing hand sanitizers that are being distributed to students and staff. Speaking when she engaged the college management in the Great Hall, the minister emphasized the need for institutions to collaborate with government in its efforts to combat the pandemic. She spoke highly of the college’s efforts as a testament to the fact that education should foster innovation. 

Speaking earlier, the College Principal Professor Richard Tambulasi thanked the Minister for coming to Chancellor College as her visit had shown the Ministry’s commitment towards higher education. He welcomed government’s decision to open education institutions, which are entrusted to impart skills and build the human resource that will manage the country’s economy. In his speech, he outlined a number of measures that the college has put in place to ensure that students and members of staff are kept safe from the pandemic. These include the production and free distribution of face masks and hand sanitizers, the introduction of temperature checking points around the campus, social distance indicators in classes, the library and other areas, and – working with Zomba District Health Office and Zomba District Council – the establishment of a quarantine center.