Minister of Education Michael Kaingu has told parliament that government is making every effort to ensure that the Copperbelt University, which was yesterday closed indefinitely, resumes classes as soon as possible.
Dr. Kaingu explained that government closed the university because its academic union rejected all requests and opportunities for dialogue and continued with lecturers’ illegal strike.
“Despite many attempts by the council and specific interventions by the chairman of the council to persuade the Copperbelt University academic union to resume classes to remove their threats, and to engage in dialogue, the Copperbelt University Academic Union refused to engage in dialogue,” Dr. Kaingu explained.
He said government was determined to ensure that the academic and administrative functions of the Copperbelt University were restored so that the institution can deliver on its mandate of providing qualified human resources for the development of the country.
The Minister of Education has since assured students that government will ensure that the closure is as short as possible.
He has also urged all students to keep calm and allow the council of the university to work towards the resolution of the issues which have disrupted the academic programmes.
Dr. Kaingu however disclosed that the school of medicine and the school of graduate studies at the university have not been affected by the closure.
He commended the academic and administrative staff of the two schools for their dedication to duty.
Dr. Kaingu said this when he delivered a ministerial statement to parliament following the indefinite closure of the Copperbelt University.
And in responding to Nalikwanda Member of Parliament Geoffrey Lungwangwa who wanted to know why he had referred the matter back to the council to resolve the problem after the matter had reached the minister who was the final authority, Dr. Kaingu said government wants to use the university council to resolve the matter through dialogue.
He regretted the inconvenience the closure will cause to students and their parents.