Education minister Michael Kaingu said the provision of free education to tertiary level remained a challenge for the Government until the economy improved.
Dr Kaingu said it was difficult for Government to absorb all students and give them bursaries which was a similar with the provision of medical facilities and services.
The minister was speaking in a speech read for him by the Ministry’s Director of Standards and Curriculum Cecilia Sakala during the official launch of the International Fund for Healthcare and Education Services (IFHCES) in Lusaka on Tuesday.
Dr Kaingu said the provision of bursaries would be compounded as they were several universities scheduled to become operational.
“Until our economy improves significantly, it will remain a huge challenge for Government to provide free education up to tertiary levels. Let me also seize this opportunity to call on parents and
guardians to invest in the education of their children,” he said.
The IFHCES intends to mobilise resources to support both financial services and health care. The Non Governmental Organisation targets to support 2,000 students in the 2015/2016 academic year.
Dr Kaingu requested that parents played their part in ensuring their children completed their studies by investing in their education.
“Let us work together and ensure Zambia is a haven of peace as we foster unity in diversity regardless of our political inclinations and ambitions,” he said.
IFHCES president Mapalo Chomba said there was need for the internal generation of resources as opposed to donor dependency.
Mr Chomba said there were few students accessing bursaries and that the NGO would supplement Government’s efforts to provide bursaries.
He urged students to desist from demonstrations but instead engage Government when they had academic challenges.