Students at the country’s highest agricultural college, the Natural Resources Development College – NRDC have gone on an indefinite class boycott because of consistent water shortages which have put the lives of students in danger for fear of diseases.
The institution has broken down water reticulation system and further owes Lusaka water and Sewerage Company – LWSC colossal amounts of money which the water utility says will not reconnect until the money is paid and the water reticulation solved to avoid excessive wastage.
NRDC Students Union president Manjoni Mulenga has disclosed that students will not resume classes until the water problems at the institution are resolved. The students have accused government of not paying the needed attention to higher institutions of learning.
Instead of addressing the water problem, government responded by sending riot police to the institution but the students said that their class boycott was a peaceful one which only requires intellectual input and not force. They have vowed not to resort to any means that will lead to law breaking.
During her touring of institutions of higher learning, Higher education minister Nkandu Luo lambasted the institution heads for failing to clear some utility bills but a source at NRDC said that the bills in contention were accrued before establishment of boards in the institutions.