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Factors Affecting Students’ Learning: A Case of Malamulo College of Health Sciences, Malawi

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Fyson Kasenga1,*, Anna-Karin Hurtig2, Miguel Sebastian2

1Adventist Health Services (AHS), Blantyre, Malawi. 

2Umeå International School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden.

*Corresponding author: Fyson Kasenga


College students worldwide experience multiple challenges during their studies. Majority of them come from diverse backgrounds ranging from social, economic, religious, cultural and spiritual among others. It is therefore, imperative for the tertiary institutions to carefully benchmark what works and what does not so as to offer quality education to the students and create a more solid foundation for their future undertakings. A study on factors affecting students’ learning was done at Malawi Adventist University, Malamulo College Health Sciences, Makwasa, Malawi. Data collection exercise was done from April 2017 to March 2018. A total of 219 students undertaking various programmes at the college were studied. The programmes were Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Nursing and Laboratory Medicine. Qualitative methods were utilized to analyze the study findings. Inadequate study resources namely; classrooms, library facilities, teaching and learning aids, books, computers and internet facilities were cited as some of the factors affecting students’ learning. Sense of belonging, career guidance, being listened to, counselling and spiritual guidance made the students feel secured. The boarding masters/mistresses, chaplain and deans were rated high for being there for the students. The students’ feelings of being well looked after facilitated demand creation and attracted them to join the college. Bullying and teasing were never experienced, the study has established. Based on the study findings, it is recommended that the college should leverage the resource base by initiating robust diverse resource mobilization to match the number of students and the available resources to facilitate effective teaching and learning processes. Active development and planning office should be established at Malamulo to directly address issues pertaining to scarcity of resources. Financial constraint was a limiting factor during the carrying out of the study. However, the study has the strength of establishing factors that affect students’ learning at the college, a recipe for determining ways to improve the college operations.


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How to cite this paper

Factors Affecting Students’ Learning: A Case of Malamulo College of Health Sciences, Malawi

How to cite this paper: Fyson Kasenga, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Miguel Sebastian. (2021) Factors Affecting Students’ Learning: A Case of Malamulo College of Health Sciences, Malawi. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Research5(2), 149-160.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijcemr.2021.04.009

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