Copperbelt University Students Union-COBUSU President Humphrey Mwenya says the university calendar might be disrupted due to government failure to provide bursaries to first year students.
Mwenya said there are only two weeks remaining before opening but government has not yet advertised the bursaries for 2600 students. He government should understand that if bursaries are not advertised on time the academic calendar would be disturbed.
‘As Copperbelt University students we are concerned with the government policy on education and where it is basing its priority. Continued delay and failure to address the advertisement of bursary for 2600 admitted CBU first year students is a clear indication of unsound legislative policy’, he said.
He said the delayed sponsorship for first year students has an effect on the opening date, this entails further extension which can be avoided if the government prioritised education.
‘ The government should understand that this has a ripple effect, because their are students who have applied for a study leave at the cost of their employer, upsetting the calendar means some students have to go back and explain to their employers, at another cost. If it has become difficult to manage 2 universities we are worried how the government will manage to run 6 universities in addition to the upcoming ones,’ he explained.
‘Furthermore, we have lecturers, who are scheduled to go for further studies within a year at a particular time, frustrating the calendar will mean those lecturers have to make adjustments, hence compressing the syllabi at the expense of innocent students. Said the cobusu president
‘This uncalled for behaviour forces the university to compress the calendar, this means that students and lecturers begin to panic and eventually compromise on the quality of education.
‘We are therefore begging and pleading to the government to make education a priority and see to it that government sponsorship is made available as soon as possible to the first year CBU students.