Lecturers ponder stopping teaching parallel, part-time students due to PF greediness

Thousands of distance and parallel learning students in public colleges may soon be affected as lectures in colleges are contemplating to stop teaching them following the circular from cabinet office where the PF government wants to be getting 60%.
The stoppage is likely to start next term. Most of last week, lecturers were having consultative meetings within the colleges and a decision will be announced soon,’ said one source.
There are more than 10 000 students in teacher training colleges alone doing distance and other parallel programs.
Starting this  month, the broke PF government will be deducting 60 per cent from the money that government universities and colleges make from conducting part time, evening, distance learning and other parallel programmes.
A cabinet circular signed by Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska on May 13, 2014 states that public learning institutions have been making money outside regular programmes.
Msiska said these programmes should continue but 60 per cent of the money should be going to fund government.
In his circular, the PF secretary to cabinet explained clearly that such programmes are meant to provide opportunities to many Zambians who may not have been admitted to regular programmes due to lack of space and poor infrastructure.
Msiska explained that the money, which students pay under such arrangements, is solely used to support the running of the same programmes in meeting administrative overheads and staff allowances.
But in the next paragraph he says from June 1, 2014, 60 per cent of this money should be given to government.
The unavoidable result of this PF directive is that such programmes will be adversely affected as staff will lose morale and it will be difficult to manage the same with only a portion of the money.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 22.15.46Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 22.16.06Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 22.16.19

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