HIGHER studying establishments students’ our bodies have described the primary three months of the UPND authorities as very disappointing for the learners who had excessive expectations which have both been snubbed or ignored.
Copperbelt University Student’s Union (COBUSU) president, Lawrence Kasonde mentioned that the student our bodies have been very upset with the way through which the New Dawn administration has dealt with student affairs.
Mr. Kasonde mentioned that the students are upset that the federal government had lamentably failed to satisfy the aspirations of the students who turned up in numbers to vote for anticipated change.
He cited the latest authorities failure to safe assets to offer schooling loans to eight, 004 eligible first-year University of Zambia students for the 2022-2023 educational 12 months as one other blow to the student fraternity.
Mr. Kasonde additional lamented that the federal government had ignored the cries of students who’ve continued to be denied an opportunity to put in writing examinations as a result of they owed the colleges or schools college charges.
He mentioned that some students at a named college weren’t allowed to put in writing supplementary examinations as a result of they owed the varsity.
Mr. Kasonde mentioned that this was delivered to the eye of the federal government, however nothing has been completed.
He additionally noticed that the merging of the Ministry of General schooling and the Ministry of Higher Education had introduced untold distress to the upper studying establishments.
Mr Kasonde mentioned that increased studying establishments had their very own challenges that wanted a devoted ministry that will attend to the challenges in a immediate method.
He, due to this fact, suggested the federal government to rethink its resolution to merge the 2 ministries.
And Zambia National Student’s Union (ZANASU) basic secretary, Issach Mambwe mentioned that the failure by the federal government to safe loans for the over 8, 000 eligible first-year University of Zambia students threatens the nation’s aspirations of changing into a affluent middle-income economic system by 2030.
He, due to this fact, appealed to the federal government to make sure that at the least 50 p.c of these ignored are awarded loans by January subsequent 12 months.
He additionally appealed to the federal government to make sure that students in non-public schools and universities are additionally thought-about within the authorities schooling loan scheme.
He mentioned that susceptible youngsters weren’t simply in public establishments and as such a necessity to increase the ability to personal establishments.