The Ministry of Higher Education has said that the termination of meal allowances to students does not apply to University of Zambia- School of Medicine (Ridgeway campus) and the Copperbelt University (Ndola campus).
In a statement released to the media by the ministry’s public relations officer Chiselwa Kawanda, the ministry said that Government will continue to pay the meal allowances to these students as they were not part of the violent protests that led to the closure of the two universities on 3rd February 2016.
Below is the full statement
CLARIFICATION ON SCHOOLS EXEMPTED FROM THE CANCELLATION OF THE STUDENTS MEAL ALLOWANCES AT UNZA AND CBU
On 9th March 2016, the Minister of Higher Education, Honourable Dr. Michael L. Kaingu, MP presented a Ministerial Statement to the National Assembly in which he announced plans for the reopening of the Copper belt University and the University of Zambia.
Among other issues highlighted in the Statement was the decision to discontinue the payment of meal allowances to the students at the two universities. The Hon Minister announced that until the Loans and Scholarship Board is in place (i.e. in January 2017), Government would continue to pay for tuition, accommodation, book and project allowances to the students at UNZA and CBU. However, Government had decided to discontinue payment of the meal allowance with immediate effect.
The Ministry of Higher Education would like to clarify that the University of Zambia- School of Medicine (Ridgeway campus) and the Copperbelt University (Ndola campus) students on Bursary were not affected by the scrapping of the meal allowance.
Government will continue to pay the meal allowances to these students as they were not part of the violent protests that led to the closure of the two universities on 3rd February 2016.
The Bursaries Committee disburses these funds as and when the funds have been made available by the Ministry of Finance.
ISSUED BY Chiselwa Kawanda
Public Relations Officer