More than 300 returning students at Mulungushi University have not reported at the institution after failing to raise the required tuition and lodging fees, while178 were stopped from writing deferred exams because they had not paid the full amounts. The situation, if not handled properly may result into further riots at the other public university.
Those that have not returned have completely failed to raise the 50 percent down payment that the university is demanding. The university management has stuck to its position of not registering any one who pays less than 50 percent as the university reopened on 7th February.
Unlike their colleagues at CBU and UNZA, the students at Mulungushi are not on the government bursary scheme and have to pay for their fees in the range of K16,000 per semester. The students have appealed for government intervention so that they are allowed to register with minimal payments and later on pay the balances but that has not been heeded.
Meanwhile after failing to pay the fees in full or at least 75 percent last year 70 students were barred from writing the exams and asked to raise money and come to write the deferred exams but even after paying more than three quarters they were still not allowed from sitting for the deferred exams. The other 108 completely failed to raise even about half the amount as some of them were being sponsored by some miners who lost jobs last year.