The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZNEC) has expressed displeasure with the decision taken by University of Zambia (UNZA) not to allow about 200 students to sit for their examination due to non settlement of tuition fees. ZNEC Executive Director Miriam Chinyama says the decision has serious implications on the education standards in the country.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mrs. Chinyama noted that de-registering students during examination time is likely to impact negatively not only on the people affected but the nation as a whole. She said the decision taken by the UNZA management has a possibility to affect the school calendar and the out come of examination results because most of the students will be demoralized and fail to concentrate on their studies. Mrs. Chinyama said the move by the UNZA management is detrimental to the development of the country because students that have not been allowed to sit for exams will be deprived of an opportunity to contribute to the country’s development.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Chinyama has appealed to UNZA management to rescind its decision and allow the affected students sit for their exams. She advised management to engage the affected students in constructive dialogue and agree on how they would settle their outstanding balances. The ZNEC chief suggested that management should withhold the results and release them only when the students settle all the fees. Mrs. Chinyama has also urged students not to relent or lose hope and concentration but to continue working hard for the betterment of the country. Over 200 UNZA students were last week de-registered and were not allowed to sit for the exams which started yesterday because of non-payment of tuition fees.