The young African Leaders Initiative says the continued closure of UNZA and CBU is a cost to the country and parents.
Speaking in an interview YALI President Andrew Ntewewe said government has continued paying lecturers and researchers at the two Universities well students are not learning making the closure of the institutions a cost to the people of Zambia.
He called on Higher Education Minister Micheal Kaingu to quickly engage stakeholders with a view of reopening the institutions without further delays saying the country should no be held at ransom because of his inability to resolve concerns of students at the two Universities.
“Our challenge to Dr Kaingu is that he must immediately engage with stakeholders with the view of reopening the two Universities because his continued action of closing the universities is having a very negative effect on the students and the country as whole. What is happening is that it a huge cost to the government to have the Universities closed because the government is paying lecturers, its paying researchers, the government is including huge huge expenses while students are not learning. The whole country should not be held at ransom because of his incompetence.” he said.
Mr Ntewewe also said stakeholders had lost confidence in Mr Kaingu as he has time and again failed to deal with challenges facing the universities amicably but has resorted to closing the institutions something he said is detrimental to the developmental aspirations of the country.
He said the President should step in and give guidance in resolving the issues as the challenges continue to reappear every year.
He added that the continued closure of the Universities was a huge inconvenience to the parents and people paying for themselves as they are now made to prolong their stay in schools something he said would effectively add to their expenses.