Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has written to President Michael Sata requesting his positive urgent intervention in the bursary crisis at the University of Zambia.
In her letter to the President dated 1st October Ms Nawakwi says as a mother and a beneficiary of government sponsorship she humbly seeks for President Sata’s personal intervention on what has evidently has been an attempt to sabotage the future of young people.
Below is the Letter
1st October, 2014.
Your Excellency, President Michael .C. Sata
President of the Republic of Zambia
RE: BURSARY CRISIS AT UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Your Excellency, it is with a deep sense of concern that I write to you, seeking for your positive and urgent intervention in the bursary crisis at the University of Zambia (UNZA). As you may be aware about 3400 students have been denied access to Government Bursaries out of the 6000 first year students who have been enrolled for the 2014/15 Academic Year at UNZA.
As a mother and a beneficiary of Government Sponsorship, myself, am seeking your personal intervention on what is evidently an attempt to sabotage the future of your children. With the prevailing poverty levels and the high tuition fees, it is impossible for the majority of our parents to afford the cost of University Education. It is evident that the country will not attain the Millennium Development Goal on Education in this year of Golden Jubilee if we, as a people fail to sponsor our own children to attain Higher Education. Education is the fuel for social and economic advancement and we have a sacred duty as a Nation to ensure that we make education accessible and affordable to all.
I wish to humbly remind you, Your Excellency that, the University of Zambia was founded as an oasis of Knowledge, Research and Excellence to provide expert human resource needed for national development. Zambians from all walks of life contributed their money, energy and time to build the University of Zambia and we should never lose sight of the sole purpose of building the University.
Your Excellency, I have no doubt in my mind that you will use your discretion and direct that all deserving first year students be awarded Government Bursaries.
Kindly accept, Your Excellency, compliments of my highest esteem and good wishes.