In response to the ongoing problems at the University of Zambia, President Edgar Lungu says that he expects education minister Michael Kaingu to sort them out because it was not his (Lungu’s) duty to do that.
“You are talking about the problems at UNZA, ahh there is a minister responsible for that and he has to handle them not me,” Lungu told reporters at the airport before departure for North Western province today.
Lecturers at UNZA and their counterparts at Mulungushi University have gone on strike due to bad conditions of service and poor salaries. They have also cited poor education standards under the PF administration, with most departments lacking teaching aids.
Under the education Act, the university shall be declared closed if learning is disrupted for over five days continuously and students have threatened to stage riots if government does not resolve the standoff with lecturers.
During the campaigns for the 2015 Presidential election Lungu said he had no vision of his own. Education could just be one of the sectors for which he has no vision.