Paya Fresher: Student kills herself after being denied UNZA bursary

A 19-year-old girl who has been denied a University of Zambia (UNZA) bursary by the PF government has committed suicide.

But the PF government through Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili this morning insisted that it was not the responsibility of government to meet educational needs for Zambians but parents must pay for their children.

Musanka Makwamba of Kalingalinga in Lusaka took her life by taking two bottles of insecticide, according to people currently attending her funeral in Kalingalinga.

Munsaka, a former Kabulonga girls pupil was accepted by UNZA to read for a degree in the School of Humanities, but like most Zambians her family could not afford the tuitions and associated fees.

She applied for a bursary but she is one of the more than 4000 thousands who were not successful as government says it only budgeted for 2000 students and that it is not the PF government’s responsibility to educate citizens.

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Munsaka went to the bursaries committee offices to make some inquires. Just after leaving the bursaries Committee offices, she phoned her elder sister to tell her that she has been denied a bursary. Her sister told her to go home and discuss.

She did not go home but sent her sister a message later saying she was very disappointed and was going to kill herself.

A few hours later she was found dead with bottles of insecticide near her body.

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