THE University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) has commended Government for releasing K35 million for tuition fees, project allowances and other emoluments for students on bursary scheme.
UNZASU president Adrian Matole said students appreciate Government’s response to their plight but urged the Ministry of Higher Education to find ways of paying project allowances on time in future.
Mr Matole said in an interview that expeditious payment of project allowances will give students adequate time for field data collection which can contribute to the country’s economic development.
He said students should be given their project allowances at the beginning of the academic year before their course projects begin.
“Paying student allowances on time will prevent arm chair research because students will have money to go into the field for data collection.
“Research is very cardinal to any institution and we have reached a stage when we need to re-discover, re-engineer and re-invent on various issues that can lead to the development of this country,” Mr Matole said.
He said UNZASU is hopeful that students who were not on the list of those to receive allowances due to registration hitches will also be given pocket money.
Announcing the release of the funds recently, Ministry of Higher Education acting permanent secretary Alex Simumba said the money would soon be disbursed to students who are on bursary at the higher learning institution.
Mr Simumba said Government will ensure that students on bursary are well-taken care of for them to successfully complete their studies.