No explanation has given for the latest postponement but most stakeholders believe it’s due to lack of money by the bursaries department to give first year students.
‘This serves to inform all first year and returning students that Senate at its sitting of 18th September 2014 resolved to further postpone opening of the University of Zambia by one week’, a notice at UNZA read.
‘To this effect, first year students should report to the University of Zambia Great East Road Campus on Sunday 28th September 2014. Returning students should report on Sunday 5thOctober 2014,’ the notice stated.
The online Registration System however will open on Sunday 21st September 2014 to enable commencement of payment of Fees and Registration.
The bursaries committee has not informed students who applied for money of its decisions.
The committee may release the list of successful applicants next week, but that would cause a lot of misery to unsuccessful applicants, as they will not have enough time to look for alternative funding.
Government contacts say the bursaries committee is broke and pleading with the government to fund it.