Management at Mulungushi University have remained heartlessly adamant and resolved to bar from sitting for final and semester exams all students who have not paid the tuition fees in full, some of the students’ sponsors are victims of the recent job losses on the Copperbelt.
Last month the university circulated a memo to all students demanding 100 percent payment and when the students union tried to plead with them that the affected students be allowed to sit for exams as they look for the money, the union leadership was told that the matter was none of their business because all students entered into individual contracts with the university.
In spite of being a public university just like UNZA and CBU, government doesn’t give bursaries to any students there and they have to foot their bills which range between K13,000 and K16,000 per semester of four months.
Last year it took the initiative of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice president for administration to mitigate on behalf of the students so that management allows them to write exams and then withhold their results, the scheme worked out well and the money was later repaid but this time they have been caught in disarray. They have since requested for the UPND leader to try his negotiating skills with management ahead of exams that begin tomorrow.
There is however likelihood of a solidarity protest that if management sticks to guns then other students wont write. Their argument is that their colleagues are merely victims of circumstances and matters are beyond their control, this is according to the Mulungushi university students union (MUSU) sources.