Malawian students suffer in Cuba
- Malawian students suffer in Cuba
BY DICKSON KASHOTI
La Nueva Cuba
October 4, 2006
Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Corporation say Malawi would be reviewing its bilateral agreement with
Cuba on student scholarships, as Cuba's conditions are not benefiting
The ministry's Director of International Corporation Joseph Chite told
the Public Accounts Committee recently that the agreement to have
Malawi trained in various fields in Cuba has turned out to be expensive
for Malawi and the students suffer in Cuba because they are not well
He said the Cuba demands that the Malawi pays fees for its students,
many of whom were sent to study medicine, information technology and
athletics but the Cuban government demands that the expatriates Cuba
sends to Malawi be fully paid by the Malawi government.
Chite was answering a question from PAC members who wanted to know how
the bilateral agreement with the government of Cuba was working.
"Malawi is not utilizing the agreement because the situation on the
ground is different. We are even thinking of withdrawing the remaining
student in Cuba because the conditions he is living is are very pathetic
," Chite said.
Chite said it is also hard to send money to Cuba, making it difficult
for the student whose parents pledged to co-sponsor the scholarship.