Government says a Committee has been appointed to assess the fulfilment of conditions set for the re-opening of the Copperbelt University.
The Committee which was set up on Tuesday is expected to finish the assignment by 7th April, 2016.
The Committee comprises Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary,
Mr. Owne M’gemezulu, Secretary to the Bursaries Committee Ms. Irene Chirwa and Kitwe District Commissioner Mr. Chanda Kabwe.
Others are CBU Chaplin Fr. Chilufya and Copperbelt Police Commissioner Ms. Charity Katanga.
Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu on 3rd February, 2016 shut down CBU and UNZA following days of violent demonstrations and arson attacks.
A number of conditions were set before the two institutions could be allowed to reopen.
The Committee was appointed to determine the fulfilment of the conditions with a view to open CBU and prepare a report and recommendations to Dr. Kaingu whether the University has fulfilled the conditions and is ready to re-open.
Some of the conditions outlined by Dr Kaingu were that the universities must ensure the sufficient and effective security measures have been put in place to regulate the entry and exit of visitors to the Universities.
This should include sealing off all porous points, strictly enforcing the use of students’ identity cards, installation of floodlights and security cameras and provision of walkie-talkie radio communication to security officers.
He also asked the universities to ensure that all students are made to sign a commitment form to pledge not to indulge in violent protests.
Other conditions were that the universities were to ensure that the office of the Dean of Students designs programmes aimed at instilling discipline in students by sensitizing them on social dialogue, non-violent engagement and other dispute resolution processes.
Dr Kaingu also asked the university managements to surcharge all students on Government Bursary for damage caused to both public and university property.
He also demanded that all those that were identified and submitted to the Ministry of Higher Education as ring leaders for the violent protest should be expelled as they are inimical to the academic life of the Universities. These include students and staff.