Mufulira College of Education (MUCE) on the Copperbelt province has embarked on a program meant for vulnerable youths to access tertiary education.
ZANIS reports that MUCE Principal Grace Chilekwa says her college board has introduced the program to enable intelligent but vulnerable youths in the area to access tertiary education.
The institution was giving the vulnerable students a choice to pay in kind as they cannot afford tuition fees, she said.
Ms.Chilekwa stated that the selected vulnerable students engage in manual work at the college such as running the college poultry during vacation.
She noted that this was an important program, that had enabled youths whose future was bleak to achieve their dreams.
Vulnerable students who did not have money but had other things such as maize grain were allowed at the college as a substitute for tuition fees, said Ms.Chilekwa.
She said the measures were meant to reduce the large numbers of vulnerable youths who could not access tertiary education owing to financial constraints.
However , Ms.Chilekwa stated that the students were screened to assess their vulnerability before they could be admitted to this program.
She revealed that the learning institution had accommodated many students through this program, who otherwise could have been on the streets.
Ms.Chilekwa said the college was committed to playing its part to address the problem of vulnerable youths in the district.