The Ministry of Higher Education has dismissed allegations that the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) will not enroll new students for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Owen Zulu told ZANIS in an interview today that government is still engaging the two institution’s student unions and management to chart the way forward over their re-opening of the public universities.
Mr Zulu said that government has not yet decided the official date when the two higher learning institutions will resume normal operations.
Mr Zulu who could not state the actual date of re-opening stated that the two institutions may re-open before or after August 2016.
He appealed to the affected families and students to stay calm as government seeks a lasting solution and that the Ministry will inform the nation once the matter is resolved and the re-opening date set.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education has cautioned people on social media to stop posting unsubstantiated stories concerning UNZA and CBU.
This follows a myriad of stories circulating regarding the impasse at the two institutions of higher learning following their closure on grounds of riotous behavior by some students demanding allowances.