Zambia National Student’s Union (ZANASU) has called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to enact the Student’s Loans bill before parliament is dissolved.
In a statement made available to ZANIS in Ndola today ZANASU vice president Prince Ndoyi said his union has seen political will from President Edgar Lungu and called on the opposition MPs to make the matter a big issue before parliament closes.
Mr. Ndoyi said politicians must in the interest of the nation demonstrate their dynamic approach for the task of universities in an underdeveloped country like Zambia are fundamentally not different from what they are in developed societies.
He noted that financing still remains a big challenge and therefore the bill once enacted meal allowance riots will become a thing of the past.
Mr. Ndoyi said the student’s body demanded that the same amount of political will to the last enacted amendment bills received should be channelled towards the student’s Loan bill or they will continue to face unending hardships in student finances.
“Recently, the two public universities were embroiled in indefinite closures that were widely believed to have culminated from delayed meal allowances. It is only prudent that the interest of students is put first by closing the chapter of student’s loans facility that will see to it that the issue of student financing is adequately addressed,” Mr. Ndoyi said.
He added that students must begin to call for the same as this issue is long overdue and must not be another campaign item but be seen to its logical conclusion before the dissolution of parliament.
He also called on students to support this call as the facility will not only benefit students from Copperbelt University (CBU) and University of Zambia (UNZA) but will extend to other higher learning institutions which will widen the financing bases and encourage the private sector to participate as the framework will increase the resource envelop.