The UNZA go-slow underway is just the latest episode in the story of a deteriorating and neglected education system under PF Government. They have time and time again let down teachers and lecturers who are at the heart of development of our nation.
The failure of the PF Government to pay them for last terms extra load work is the result of mismanagement and lack of foresight. Extra load work takes place when a member of staff has over 75 students in a class.
UNZA currently has 24,000 students enrolled above its teaching capacity, so it comes as no surprise that a great number of staff members are engaging in extra load work and therefore require appropriate pay and benefits.
A poorly implemented student to staff ratio has meant that both lecturers, researchers and university resources are strained and evidently are unable to function in harmony under the current PF educational budget.
This situation is not only unfortunate and unfair on the staff of UNZA, who work tirelessly to provide students with a vital education and tools for their adult life, but it also seriously affects the students.
The UNZALARU go-slow strike will disrupt the educational process, even to the extent that finalists will not have their examinations marked unless the government acknowledges their contractual obligations to staff members.
Our talented young university students will be held back from attaining their degree and entering into the Zambian workforce or starting on their entrepreneurial journey if the PF Government continues to break its promises to UNZALARU.
This is a lose-lose state of affairs for all involved.
UPND- Chairperson for Labour and Social Security
Issued by: UPND National Campaign Centre, Lusaka