Students at Ridgeway campus
FILE: Students at Ridgeway campus

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

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17 COMMENTS

    • What a strategy – OPENLY DISCRIMINATING & WILFULLY STARVING STUDENTS!!!

      Students, there you have it – Kaponyas & thieves have declared war on you to MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET AN EDUCATION & BE LIKE THEM!! Mobilise & kick these thieves in the butt!!

      Vote wisely on 11/8/2016!! Vote UPND!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #chagwashouldfall #Chagwahasnovision #chagwagoforhisthroat!!

      I thank you!!

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    • As fate may have it, your windscreen will be next to be smashed if at all you own a car Fota Nkonde. Watch out for the next riot.

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  1. I think Zambia is falling apart. Why have we not trained leaders from 1964 to-date? If I had a way, I would have spoken with the Republican President over some of his appointments. It is such appointments that are letting black people down. I now agree with Mr. Donald Trump-Front runner on Republican ticket in the USA-we need to be recolonized for another 150 yrs. Probably we will learn one or two things in that period of 150 yrs. We are not serious and we have never been serious. Guy Scott (boyi) can you comment on Kaingu’s antics on UNZA? You are also a straight forward person.

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  2. I am shocked that Kaingu is actually still talking about this subject!!!! Is he normal ?

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  3. The trend at the unis has always been like that. During election year politicians go to these unis to entice them to riot against govt to earn political mileage like what Upnd did recently. To their surprise govt this time has come up with a lasting solution to end this self fishness by opposition parties. Students are equally surprised because they never expected there demo to result into this.
    Only a few students benefited from HH money but the entire campus is affected.

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    • HH Techilema, as is usual you have to blame HH just goes to show why the country has reached the pits with people like you. Is HH in the government to control students. Let s face it, PF has failed us Zambians.

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  4. Jeeeeeesus ? what is this nonsense.
    How can you say CBU was not involved in the protests that led to the closure of the two institutions (CBU AND UNZA). You people are just complicating this issue. Just accept you made a reckless statement and retract in a proper manner!
    Swallow your pride and tell us you were wrong to say that!

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  5. Comment:What about the 2016 pre- freshers? Do they also have to suffer the punishment given upon the students who rioted? There is no difference between the students at RIDGWAY and Ndola campus & the 2016 pre-freshers who are yet to start God knows when because both groups where not involved in the violent protests. I would urge the minister to also look on that because innocent souls would also be put to suffer!

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  6. This country will neva develop if PF remains in power. There r now kiling the education sector.. Wat a govt! We neva voted for PF to scrap off students’ allowances. Only people like Kambwili can welcome this move. Iris’ father u shud think twice b4 u act

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  7. Name a developed country where education is totally free? Students in the UK, Canada, USA are graduating with tens of thousands of student debt, why? because they do not ” demand” freebies -most get part time jobs while studying. Perhaps HH and all these so called rich visionaries can offer part time jobs to students to supplement their meal allowances. The government can give them a tax rebate for participating in this ” give a student a job scheme”

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  8. Knee jerk policy pronouncements.
    This is purely Kaponya behavior at its worse.
    Do they have educated officers at the Ministry of Education? There are guidelines for processing policies. That is the lowest we can sink as a nation.
    That is embarrassing. Please STOP it.
    We do not deserve to be led like that. Mr President. I am very sure you know this is very low calibre thinking. You can stop it and save yourself a lot of embarrassment.

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