THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION – COBUSU
DATE: 13TH SEPTEMBER 2015
URGING GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE THE UNZA CRISIS
As the Copperbelt University Students Union COBUSU we have noted with dismay and anguish with the level of negligence towards the woes surrounding tertiary education. The current crisis surrounding the withholding of results by the lecturers at UNZA due to governments inconsistence in funding is disappointing. It is now expensive to acquire education in this nation than learning in foreign universities. Nowonder the reason most government officials have their children abroad because a 5 year program takes 7 years and 3 year programme take 5 years in Zambia, making tertiary education so expensive due to delays, unforeseen closures, lack of funding, sponsorship etc. We blame the government, as they have the duty and mandate to provide education and ensure a conducive environment for the lecturers to perform their duties and students to learn.
As students we would like to give a friendly advice to the government through the Minister of Education Hon Michael Kaingu to be more proactive and responsive in times as this, when there are problems and challenges in high learning institutions. As long as problems that affects the majority students are not given the attention, the colonial way of channelling our complaints shall always be adhered to, which is quiet unfortunate otherwise.
As students from the entire Copperbelt University we wish to urge the government of Mr Edgar Lungu, UNZA management, Lecturers Union to dialogue and resolve the current crisis surrounding the withholding of results by the lecturers at UNZA, and ensure that the normal activities of the university proceeds. Delaying and preventing students from attaining higher education is a major blow to national development. As students we would like also to warn that negligence towards this noble duty to education has potential to culminate into serious repercussions if not amicably handled. And it is for this, that we appeal to government to leave there comforts zones and resolve the current fracas prevailing at UNZA and ensure that our brothers and sisters are accorded a chance to tertiary education.
HUMPHREY MILANDILE MWENYA