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Studens Raise K13,000 To Support Fellow Vulnerable Students

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Zambian Open University Student Union (ZAOUSU) meeting in Kitwe
Zambian Open University Student Union (ZAOUSU) meeting in Kitwe

The Zambian Open University Student Union (ZAOUSU) meeting in Kitwe on Friday, 6 June, 2018, has established a student revolving fund that will support, by way of small interest free loans, fellow students who are vulnerable and need temporal relief to enable them take examinations by settling balances in tuition fees.

The Union members have collectively pledged an initial contribution of K13,000.00 towards actualization of the fund and resolved to encourage former and existing students to join the campaign to raise funds by contributing as low as K20 to support vulnerable students and students at the risk of not taking examinations for failure to pay the required 100 percent in school fees.

The Union noted that while Government has a responsibility of educating its citizens, students and Unions cannot sit and do nothing but provide leadership through making a contribution towards this responsibility.

As a Union, we believe time has come for students and Unions in our Universities to begin supporting each other and complement government efforts of educating the nation

The Union resolved to engage in fundraising and income generation activities whose proceeds shall go towards the Student Revolving Fund and has since called on well-wishers from within the country and abroad to provide assistance towards the Revolving Fund.

The Union has since constituted a 5-member Committee led by the Union Vice President, Maxwell Chisase, three Union members and one Member of Staff to be nominated by the University to develop the criteria for identifying students who need the support and all operational needs.

The Student Union of ZAOU was recently elected and has been on a working visit to Solwezi, Kabwe and Kitwe Regional Centers to interact with students, share concerns and find solutions to some of the problems facing the University and the Student populace. The Union intends to meet the Board of Directors, Management and the University Senate to discuss some of the problems in the regional centers and offer solutions.

15 COMMENTS

  1. THESE ARE KIND OF STUDENT UNIONS WE NEED NOT THOSE UNIVERSITIES WHO THINK GOVT MUST GIVE EM MONEY AND SPOON FEED EM. ZAOU IS DOING FINE. NOW INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE ALSO. MINISTER LUO IS PROUD OF U

    • Comment: please never be deceived abt zaou, thoz top guys don’t care about students. they chase us from exams evn for K100 nonpayment. they care mo abt money than us. most of my friends ve gone to Rockview University and am also leaving. not even the Union, thy don’t listen to them. This University will close soon because students are leaving or drop out for failing to pay, so gud idea by Union but it needs more money. I dnt recommend any1 joining this zaou till changes re done and thy begin to listen to students

  2. ZAOU union is making real difference and deserves our support. First time in history this is happening. We used to waiting on Bursary. Pliz tell us how to support u.

    Every student deserves to complete school. am leaving UNZA and coming to ZAOU

    • Same ZOAU students re complanining bitterly over high fees, no one listens to them, not even Union. Worse that so called Union is not listened to.

  3. Was nice passing thru yo stand at Mukuba Mall & seeing yo commitment to yo school but does it ve same level of commitment 2 u as students? These institutions don’t care abt studenta but care abt makin mane. Anyhow we proud of u as Union. Time for stone throwing is long gone but finding solutions

  4. That’s how life is. while UNZASU is busy planning on which next vehicle to stone, their friends are planning on how to raise money to assist fellow students. Students must stop being parasitic. well done ZAOU

  5. We are calling for the support for this initiative, our leadership call for corporate world to come on board to ensure that no student mises examination for failing to meet 100%requirement to write examinations, .

  6. The fees are horrible at ZAOU no wonder people don’t enrol as before. This will be relief by Union. kind of unions we need

  7. HOPE THOSE UNZA DUNDERHEADS CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM THEIR FRIENDS. DEPENDANCY SYNDROME ON GOVT DOESNT WORK. ZAOUSU DESERVES PRIZE FOR INNOVATION

  8. Good and commendable initiative by the union at finding a solution. Sure to be sustainable it will need more refining and review as it establishes but the move fits perfectly the “no one left behind” ideal.

  9. This vindicates the UPND that PF has failed students; we now need HH to rule and provide free university education. ZAOUSU should approach HH and get money. We here to save you. We shall contribute

    • Comment: Reason UPND shall eva remain in opposition is coz u so opportunistic. This clearly good initiative by students is an opportunity for u to compete. Anyway those lies about free university education, no one believes them at all. Happy 20th Anniversary as Opposition Party UPND, good work ZAOUSU

  10. Difference between matures from private university and kids from public universities. children will ever remain children, breaking our cars along Great East, no clue about what to do to help, only await govt to give then BCs. keep up good work ZAOU

  11. My discomfort with Zaou is lack of imaginative minds by those who manage it. U employ old fellas 2 run managerial tasks, no new ideas and numbers going down. Can’t ask why. Modules re outdated, no incentives 2 students, so last day I walked out, don’t ve appetite to luk bak. Zaou is being run down by characters that won’t listen to students. How do u send off a student for failin to pay K600 out of K7000. Crazy.

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