UNZA students are currently mobilizing at monk square
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THE University of Zambia (UNZA) will block 8,000 students who owe the institution K58 million in unpaid tuition fees from sitting for examinations if they fail to make the outstanding payments.

And management at the institution has dismissed media reports that students who have not paid fees are being denied access to lectures.

UNZA public relations manager Damaseke Chibale said in a statement yesterday the growing trend of not paying tuition fees by some students has adversely affected smooth operations of the university.

Mr Chibale said generating revenue through tuition fees has been a challenging undertaking for the university despite the flexible mode of payment arrangements it accords to the students.

“Management would like to urge all affected students, without exception, to take advantage of the available provisions for paying tuition fees to avoid any inconveniences.

“The university has a legal obligation to pay salaries for its academic and non-academic staff for them to efficiently and effectively execute their duties for the benefit of the students and society in general,” Mr Chibale said.

He said there is need for students to support the university in fulfilling its mandate by taking advantage of the flexible mode of payment it accords them to promptly pay tuition fees.

“With these friendly tuition fee payment provisions, there is no excuse for students and/or their sponsors to default in honouring their obligations, that is paying tuition fees, particularly if they value university education,” Mr Chibale said.

He said UNZA remains committed to providing equal access to higher education to all people irrespective of their race, creed, language, tribe, social status, colour, nationality, religious or political affiliation.

“Providing quality higher education comes with various unavoidable costs such as teaching and laboratory materials, preparing and marking of examinations, and provision of library and information communication technology services.

“This is in addition to payments on utilities such as electricity, water, sewerage services, medical services as well as general maintenance of equipment and infrastructure,” he said.

Mr Chibale also dismissed media reports that management is stopping students who owe the institution from attending lectures because management is cognisant of the challenges parents, guardians and sponsors face to pay the fees.

UNZA has 24,000 students in over 300 under-graduate and post-graduate programmes across 13 schools and the institute of distance education.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. They should pay. But let the write examination and attend tuition because you are not going to teach them in arias upon settling their dues.

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    • What happened to student loans then students can repay the institution when they start working.

      The system need revamping IMO. With my Msc I did it on the studen loan and I’m still repaying it.

      How do they repay if they don’t have money and don’t work?

      Just saying.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Mushota a chartered accountant moreso with a doctorate, would pay off a student loan in two months!

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    • Lowsoresthood – you are suggesting PhD holders earn more than people with degrees? How old are you ?

      Education has nothing to do with themore money you earn and the wiser you are. Fortunately for me, the later is what I strive on. I’m extremely wise 🙂

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Mushota, while you shamelessly claim to be “extremely wise”, your English is as bad as ever!
      Thanks

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    • The most painful part is paying all those huge fees and graduating only to find out that under EL/PF there are no JOBS. If only EL can put in the same energy and effort he is putting to fight HH into job creation, I tell that even babies will have jobs in Zambia.

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    • No I never suggested anything of the sort. Read my post again. Are you really a chartered accountant PhD holder? With this kind of comprehension?

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    • Lord have mercy, Let the student sit for exams and hold their Diplomas ransom instead!

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    • Best to write off student debts for they are future drivers of the GRZ. As long as they can work the first two year in Zambia, they would have paid the owing fees in kind.

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    • Best to write off student debts for they are future drivers of the GRZ. As long as they can work the first two year in Zambia, they would have paid the owing fees in kind.

      Did you know that about 30 x GRZ latest Land Cruisers being misused right now costed more to buy than unpaid tuition fees ??

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  2. The UNZA management should learn from HH .

    You block someone ,you’ll get charged with treason.

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  3. Z the usual rubbish approach to any situation. In NORMAL countries, student are allowed to attend & sit for exams. ONLY RESULTS are WITHHELD until full payment is made. Chapwa! Normal way of doing things. Not pa Z. No normality in this country

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  4. Totally agree with the sentiments above by some Posters. You don’t block the students because you wont examine them in arrears once they have settled the bills. Allow them to attend lectures and let them sit for exams but WITHOLD their RESULTS and don’t allow them to register for next academic year if they are returning students until they settle their outstanding bill. This is the civilized way to deal with this than this chaotic lets block students

    I thought this is a common sense issue. You block 8 000. Don’t you think 8 000 is a big enough number to even disrupt the exams for those that have paid? Common you are intellectuals UNZa, you can do better than this.

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  5. Students pa Monk Square!
    University of Zambia Students remain the unspoken of Heroes of Zambia!
    UNZA students spoke up against the One party State
    UNZA students spoke up against the imprisonment of KK during the dark days of FTJ when most Zambians were too scared to say anything
    UNZA students fought against the 3 term bid of FTJ
    UNZA students rallied behind ONE AK Mazoka a true son of Zambia
    UNZA students rallied behind the Late GREAT MCS to see him become the 5th President of Zambia

    Let’s respect the guys and ladies- let them write their exams!

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  6. It should be non negotiable that students pay their tuition fees. They can negotiate on accommodation but not Tuition. Tuition fees pay academic staff and other workers, Tuition money also pays for Electricity, Water, consumables and a lot of other expenses. The posts above are not helping the situation because I know beyond reasonable doubt they are coming from the enemy of the state. You are not doing the students any good at all by encouraging irresponsibility. I went to University of Zambia, my mother was staying in the depth of the village in Luwingu but we managed to pay Tuition by apportioning the very bursary I got from Govt towards my Tuition obligations. I even kept some part of the tuition to pay the initial amount in the following year. The trend of always trying to dare the…

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  7. Am hurt am and am very bitter. My son is in his fourth year. I was retrenched in 2015 and I have been paying for him through my ka small kantemba. I signed a payment plan last month and they said all was well he will write exams and clear the balance later. Now we are told that all with outstanding balances will not write exams. Please twapapata ba Kateka balandeko naba UNZA management. We have spent a lot of money on these children and taking us backwards will not help the students and the parents. There is no student who graduates with balances. These balances will be paid at some point but please for now let them write exams twapapata.

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    • Zambians! it’s time you realized there’s nothing for nothing. Pay so that future students can benefit from the same university!

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    • That is were you get it wrong.Believing that there is this GOD called “Kateka” to rescue you.Education is a right and not a priviledge.If they are failing to educate the masses,why do you vote for them?

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    • That is very sad. How can they stop the future of our nation from writing exams. This is just another form of bribery. Very sad indeed

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  8. Kalingalinga champions time has come. Most of you do not know why you’re in university and that’s why you find yourselves in these situations which to most of you are avoidable. Let them pay

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  9. Paying later means pay the electricity bill later, salaries later, water bills later. You think lecturers can manage to open their mouths to lecture on empty stomachs?

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  10. UNZA has always used the same funding model since inception. Prof Mumba probably got his education for free during KK’s era. Do unto others as was done unto you. What am advocating is fair treatment.

    What Prof Mumba needs to do with the help of GRZ and industry is to turn the university into a research-centric university. Once you start conducting serious research with real life impact, funding will start gravitating to the institution unlike what is happening now where the university is being run like a secondary school.

    The measure to prevent the students from writing exams is too extreme especially for an institution that is largely funded by my tax kwachas.

    Prof Mumba is disconnected from reality. He is a brilliant biologist but a poor executive. I did my uni during Prof…

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  11. UNZA has always used the same funding model since inception. Prof Mumba probably got his education for free during KK’s era. Do unto others as was done unto you. What am advocating is fair treatment.

    What Prof Mumba needs to do with the help of GRZ and industry is to turn the university into a research-centric university. Once you start conducting serious research with real life impact, funding will start gravitating to the institution unlike what is happening now where the university is being run like a secondary school.

    The measure to prevent the students

    Prof Mumba is disconnected from reality. He is a brilliant biologist but a poor executive. I did my uni during Prof Serpells time and such problems were not there during that time. Why are they happening now? And Zambia was…

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  12. …continued

    Prof Mumba is disconnected from reality. He is a brilliant biologist but a poor executive. I did my uni during Prof Serpells time and such problems were not there during that time. Why are they happening now? And Zambia was worse off back then than it is now. We also need an explanation of how the money from East Park mall is being utilised. Additionally there is need to reduce the wage bill at unza. UNZA management doesn’t see it wrong to continue paying monthly salaries for staff that retired a long time ago. How do you keep staff that are not contributing to monthly operations on your payroll?

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  13. Well done PF! This is the only way of teaching our citizens some economics! Welcome to the real world of PF! Yes there will be money but only for politicians, cadres, infrastructure, but not tuition fees or medicines. You voted for street people and they want you to have a feel of street life. Mukose bane!

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    • The tuition is heavily subsidized bane. govt is paying already only you have to pay something as well.

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  14. Whats the population of UNZA. Is this not the whole UNZA that has not paid? I need to be informed.

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  15. That money you are spending on fighting your citizens in court over tramped charges, that money you pay the police to harass innocent citizens, that money you pay the lawyers to defend you in the various politcal cases is more that the amount needed to pay those students to access their education. Among those students we have future doctors, engineers, managers, teachers and lawyers for the betterment of the future generation. Is it worth to spend so much at the expence of these guys ?

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  16. Under the circumstances it will be appreciated if the UNZA management allowed the students to write their Examinations and withhold the results as usual for those still owing since they have been attending classes…

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  17. Why is it that the students MUST pay while the fat cat CEOs like Pius Kasolo from ZCCM can take money from a state company to educate his children??? We should be fighting those thiefs stealing from the land so that our children can be properly educated. zccmminerhateskasolo.blogspot.co.za/

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  18. In a developing country like Zambia education should be a right not a prevellge….just lungus new jet alone @$35 million if invested properly would educate many thousands of of students at UNZA….lungu and PF should be ashamed of spending 35 million on a jet for lungu while students can not pay tuition fees……

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  19. Stoopid idea. You don’t do that. Allow them to write, then withhold the results until they pay. They have toiled day and night towards those exams.

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  20. That is the moral bankruptcy of PF…..they want to buy lungu a luxury jet at $35 million while we have parents who are spending their last monies trying to pay tuition fees with many unable to afford …..shame on lungu ….shame on PF.. ..

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  21. Why block them from sitting exams? Its a no brainer…let them seat for exams but do not release the results/certificate to them in fact its more of an incentive for them to pay. That’s what UK universities do …if you block them you are just giving yourselves more work as you will have twice the number taking the very exams next year.

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  22. How many students are at UNZA? Surely 8 000 not paying does not seem right. Is the UNZA accounting system working well?

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    • UNZA has 24 000 students including distance learners…..many families are struggling to make ends meet never mind afford tuition fees for uni…..the GRZ bursary system is for PF and is riddled with pf corruption in a country where there are no jobs….

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  23. Let them pay their obligations. Why do people want free things even after almost 53 years of independence? Go go to school, at the university for that matter and you want to learn for free…..some mind sets should change. Only the incarcerated HH stup1dly thought he could offer free education in his fool1sh dreams.

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  24. Zambia aka known as sovereign nation sometimes. What value does Zambians add to the world? We hear always negative things about Zambian students everywhere for example in China, India, Russia.

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  25. Nostalgia has the better of me as I look at the picture of monk square. Viva mother land, the best is yet to come. Monk square, the foundation of the country’s brains – nefipuba patalipatali.

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  26. When I was at UNZA, fairly recently, the student population was 3500, the period was 1993 – 1998

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  27. The soon everyone realises that there can not be any meaningful development without education the better. China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia …name them,drove their development agenda using education.

    Africa has to transcend celebrating ignorance. We don’t have time. We are actually behind by centuries. While other nations are ramping up their people to thrive in the knowledge age we are still stuck in the agrarian age. We are busy sabotaging the one vehicle that will enable us get to where we should be.

    Tertiary education should be free. We should be a nation doing research in all our tertiary institutions. I would rather my tax kwachas go to providing free education more than anything else.

    I am very upset to be in this part of the world.

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  28. BLOCK THEM AND CHARGE THEM WITH BEHAVIOUR LIKELY TO CAUSE ANARCHY BY LECTURERS DOWNING TOOLS DUE TO STUDENTS NON PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES. HOW DOES A LECTURER MARKS EXAMS WHEN HE WONT BE PAID MARKING ALLOWANCES COS. A STUDENT NEVER PAID TUITION FEE, LIPILANI BANE EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE BUT WORTHY IT

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