Nkumbi International College in central province has been prematurely closed and all students except those in final year have been sent away with immediate effect following their protest to press government to recruit more lecturers and improved sanitation conditions.
The college which is in Mkushi district has been understaffed in several courses and the environment and sanitation has remained unattended to in spite of the students paying huge user fees. Appeals by the students union to government to employ more lecturers and improve the college sanitation have remained unattended to hence their protest yesterday.
Following the protest on Wednesday, Mkushi District commissioner Luka Mwamba who visited the higher learning institution appealed for dialogue between the board and management and the students but the following day, government sent armed policemen from Kapiri Mposhi, Mkushi and Serenje with orders to flush out all the students.
The move has left students crippled as some of them are coming from far places and were waiting for their sponsors to send them money for transport after writing the exams which are due next week but have been postponed indefinitely.
Last week, students of Nkrumah University in Kabwe also staged a protest, barely a week after President Lungu put up a cosmetic end to the impasses at CBU, while UNZA problems remain unattended to, among multiple problems that have rocked most of the higher institutions of learning.