This paper discusses the re-adoption of equitable access to higher education policy as one of the most controversial reforms in public university education in Malawi. It reviews the origins of the policy as a means of redressing disparities in access to higher education and the debates that have continuously ensued between the policy’s proponents and opponents. The paper also discusses the concept of equitable access to higher education and how it has evolved from the notion of quota system. Through the debates, the paper offers insights into the benefits of the system as well as its challenges. It also reviews possible long- and short-term solutions to addressing the issues of access to higher education.