Striking lecturers withhold results at UNZA

University of Zambia lecturers have refused to release examination results for the last semester and end of last academic year.

Lecturers are demanding better pay and have refused to get the four per cent government through management is offering them.

The refusal by lecturers to give results to senate has resulted in the university’s opening for this academic year being thrown into disarray.

First year students were supposed to start registering today and returning students were expected to return to campus next week but this has changed.

The move by lecturers has forced UNZA management to postpone the re-opening indefinitely.

A notice at UNZA reads:

‘This is to inform all First year and Returning Students that Senate at its sitting of 21st June 2012, resolved to postpone the opening of the 2012 Academic Year which was scheduled for 24th June , 2012 and 8th July 2012 respectively, till further notice.

‘This is due to unforeseeable circumstances. Students shall be informed of the new opening dates in due course. In this regard, All students are advised not to travel to the University of Zambia Great East Road Campus.’

Late president Levy Mwanawasa vowed that during his tenure, UNZA will not face unnecessary closures and disruptions in its academic calendars as experienced during the reign of Fredrick Chiluba.

Mwanawasa kept his word and his successor, Rupiah Banda-also very educated like Mwanawasa, kept the same spirit such that UNZA had become stable from 2001 upto last semester

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