I would like to air my grievances over both the former and present government for continuously neglecting G.R.Z. students abroad. We have been airing our problems to them but all in vain.
I feel like it takes the blocking of the Great East road for them to understand that we are really in need of their consideration. Unfortunately being in a foreign country and Russia specifically is not a joke.
The only way we can air our views is through the embassy which I feel is doing practically very little or nothing at all.I don’t know if it was a political move or not but our friends back at UNZA and CBU have seen their allowances increased 225% during the past 3 years whilst for foreign student a
mere 25% for the same period of time.
We have tried our level best to convince them on simple arithmetic that even someone from all walks of life can understand “The costs of commodities have increased by over 70% in the past 3 years in Russia” which am sure is not felt by the so called diplomats we try to channel our grievances because their salaries have been continuously revised over the same period.
To make it worse our government can’t even give us the same little money on time. Right now as am speaking, the government has not yet sent the money for the student to buy their medical policies and are being threatened to expelled from school because its a law of the Russian Federation for all foreign students to have medical policies before the start of an academic year which starts in September.
I would like to remind the government that we are also Zambian students under Bursaries Committee and we deserve fair treatment.
Zambian student in Russia