Government called upon to increase the number of students benefiting from higher education loans and scholarships

Government known as upon to extend the variety of students benefiting from increased training loans and scholarships

Former Copperbelt University Students’ Union (COBUSU) Council Chairperson Gershom Nambuyo Phiri has urged the Government to extend the variety of students benefiting from increased training loans and scholarships.

The Higher Education Loans and Scholarship Board has awarded loans to 2,481 first 12 months students on the University of Zambia for the 2021/2022 educational 12 months from 10, 682 candidates.

Some students ignored on increased training loans and scholarships have since protested in Lusaka saying they had been eligible too.

Higher Education Loans and Scholarship Board – Senior Corporate Communications Officer Chiselwa Kawanda argued that finances constraints, failure to connect needed paperwork and finishing grade 12 earlier than 2017 had been a few of the causes for not choosing all the ten, 682 candidates.

Only candidates with 5 and 6 factors have been awarded student loans on the University of Zambia for the 2021/2022 educational 12 months.

But Mr. Phiri, who can also be governance and human rights activist, mentioned the Government should be sure that all certified students are given instructional loans and sponsorship to achieve tertiary training.

He mentioned attaining increased training at universities and faculties shouldn’t be a protect of youngsters from elite households.

“It is unfortunate that the UPND Government wants to turn higher education into a preserve of the rich. This year’s bursaries and loans award is a mockery in its worst form ever since the bursaries committee was set up. This is the worst decision and experience that school leavers can have. Many school leavers have been left out meaning we are going to have many people who should be in university roaming around the streets especially that they cannot even get any small jobs to work as shopkeepers because most of them have been taken by graduates,” Mr. Phiri mentioned.

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“I want to appeal to President Hakainde Hichilema to quickly intervene in this matter. On the aspect of education, it is the best weapon that can be used to invest in human capital to develop this nation. Unfortunately the UPND has so far demonstrated to be the worst Government in terms of awarding these loans so far. I am going to tell the President that it is the highest level of wickedness for his government to turn education into a preserve of the rich,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, Educationist and Leadership Movement President Dr Richard Silumbe has urged the Government to make sure that all certified students are given instructional loans and sponsorship to achieve tertiary training.

“We urge the New Dawn Government to get serious in ensuring that all qualified students are given educational loans and sponsorship to study at UNZA, CBU etc,” Dr. Silumbe mentioned.

“These students who are protesting today because they have been denied educational loans/Sponsorship to study at UNZA despite having distinctions, are a workforce we will need in the near future,” mentioned Dr. Silumbe.

“Let us work towards preparing a productive workforce for the future,” he added.

According to the Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board (HELSB), of the ten,682 candidates, 6,150 are male whereas 4,532 are feminine representing 58% and 42%, respectively.

Of the entire quantity obtained, 10,485 candidates are eligible for the award of student loans whereas 197 are ineligible, representing 98% and a couple of%, respectively.

The ineligible candidates are because of finishing Grade 12 earlier than 2017, non-attachment of required paperwork to the student loan software, having been already awarded students loans at different Universities and being non-Zambians.

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1,340 of the entire awarded candidates are male while1, 141 are feminine representing 54% and 46%, respectively. Further, 1,040 students awarded are from rural districts whereas 1,441 are from city districts representing 42% and 58%, respectively.

All the Thirty-Nine (39) candidates dwelling with disabilities have been awarded student loans representing 1.6% of the entire awarded candidates.

The Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board (HELSB) is at the moment supporting a complete of 8,539 students on the University of Zambia.