Minister of High Education Nkandu Luo speaking to Journalists whilst Minister of General Education David Mabumba listens during the Joint Media Briefing at Ministry of High Education yesterday 14-01-2019. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
Minister of High Education Nkandu Luo speaking to Journalists whilst Minister of General Education David Mabumba listens during the Joint Media Briefing at Ministry of High Education

Government has disclosed that all 2019 first year students under the Students loan and higher education scholarship will no longer get meal allowance.

Higher Education Minister, Nkandu Luo says the scheme will now only cover accommodation and tuition fees that will be paid directly to the learning institutions, while the student will only be paid book and project allowances.

The Minister has stressed that this will only affect new loan beneficiaries of 2019 and does not affect existing loan beneficiary contracts at UNZA, CBU and Kapasa Makasa Universities.

Professor Luo was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka today.

She said that government has a budget of 5 hundred and 57 million kwacha for the scheme which will now include five more public Universities.

The five are Nkwame Nkhuruma, Chalimbana, Mukuba, Mulungushi and Palabana Universities.

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  1. Barbaric thinking indeed. So this ugly woman thinks its only learning and not feeding that matters. Starving students to death will not work. She had free education all over and today she wants to starve students to death. What a Jezebel for a woman. I was told and did not believe that ugly people make ugly decisions. Now I believe in the theory because it working well in Zambia. Talk of birds of the same feather ….
    What a disaster!!!!!

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    • rudemonk, you were making good points until you started making comments about her appearance, that is someone mother, how would you feel if someone said your mother was ugly. *****!

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    • These fools can afford to send their sons and daughters abroad for education .Now they are killing off the life the poor and intelligent kids whose parents will not afford to send them to university .This has has happened at a time when Esther Lungu has spend millions of dollars to go and receive second hand fire engines from the USA .Kwena muli bapumbu bakelenka imwe .

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    • Most of these unruly characters think they become great by insulting others. The more they do this the more they are destined to be failures in life. They are creating bad karma for themselves

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  2. But when nkandu Luo went to the same university where she got her degree to be where she is today, was she treated like the way she is treating students now?

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  3. Well done prof. Luo. How do other students manage in other learning institutions? UNZA and CBU students get meal allowances, accommodation allowances and tuition allowances while students at Nortec, NRDC, NIPA etc go without anything. On top of that they go in the streets to stone innocent people. UNZA and CBU students are not the only one who drive the wheels of economy in this nation. Well done government.

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    • DENKEDE, you are so DULL, it is because UNZA and CBU have the most intelligent students in Zambia, the other Universities like UNILUS are SIDO universities

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    • When there was no leakages it used to make sense to treat UNZA and CBU students special but nowadays of leakages theres no need of treating them differently even from Trades Colleges. Times have changed and we can not afford to give 100% scholarship to everyone. Only those who can be identified as in need of that. Infact those whose parents have got good income should only end on tuition, their parents should pay for projects and books and meals. 100% Scholarship shouldn’t be automatic.Not even in Germany where theres free university education is it automatic. There are selected courses where one can get 100% scholarship.One must choose a course say in line with economic diversification programme to access 100% scholarship .

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  4. denkede you should see how foolish you look, so you would rather have students from our highest institution starve to death. Poor citizens are tightening their belts while this distructive government reward themselves with pay raises at every wink, wastes our money on big delegation travels, inflated projects.

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  5. This generation is self centered, the time they went to school everything was been done for them and they dont want others to benefit too. What a shameless generation is this oh Lord whatever decision they make is aimed at crippling the future generation so that their children can inherit their position and continue looting our resources oh Lord what selfish generation is this one!

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    • Their children dont even go to these universities, i remember Dora Siliya being asked questions about the scholarship her son had from bursaries GRZ,they meanwhile take away the students scholarships,very sad.Meanwhile for useless things like presidential jets,first lady ‘s insane trip to America the money is there.Edgar Lungu,Dora Siliya Nkandu Luo and many others benefited from these scholarships.

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    • Jason, the population was small at the time. Our copper economy was also doing fine. I know it’s tough. but its want it is. However, this should encourage the corporate world through their SCR & Human development. to start scholarships for bright poor children who qualified with flying colours. No name calling will save us.

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    • Don’t the students have parents? Its time university students were exposed to real life not pretending to have a lot of money which some political leader is saying the students will not pay back should he become president. The Zambian economy does not need degree holders but at most just practical skills up to diploma level.

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  6. When Nkandu Luo was at school, population in the country was manageable and economy was okay to pay now we can’t afford. There is budgetary constraints for now, but very difficult for me to convince you of course especially when you see senseless expenditure on fire tenders, toll gates and so on.

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  7. When Nkandu Luo was at school, population in the country was manageable and economy was okay to pay now we can’t afford. There is budgetary constraints for now, but very difficult for me to convince you of course especially when you see funny expenditure on fire tenders, toll gates and so on.

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  8. Those students who have not been offered university accommodation should be paid the accommodation allowance so that they find alternative means of living otherwise it will be unfair for them to pay back the accommodation loan for services they did not receive.

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  9. Just so many universities pa zed with many university graduates
    walking the streets with no jobs.No Zccm ,indeco or Zambia railways to absorb them.Government should look at creating jobs for these new graduates.Other wise it is meaningless for a nation to have so many universities and no jobs for the new graduates.

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  10. I feel sorry for students who come from economically disadvantaged family. Prostitution, selling of drugs and thieving will be rampant as survival mechanisms. The poor have been officially banished from UNZA and CBU to create room for the rich but slow learners. Why don’t extend the loan schemes to feeding and other basic needs. With good governance all these universities can be supported and student well taken care of at a lower cost. Bye Bye PF as you drill more holes on the base of your own boat. Students wake up, register as voters and vote for the right people, otherwise even tuition and accommodation loans will be taken away. The government is really broke. Kikikikiki.

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  11. These fools can afford to send their sons and daughters abroad for education .Now they are killing off the life the poor and intelligent kids whose parents will not afford to send them to university .This has has happened at a time when Esther Lungu has spend millions of dollars to go and receive second hand fire engines from the USA .Kwena muli bapumbu bakelenka imwe .

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  12. @TITUS MUSANKWA
    You are the one who is dull. In your thinking only UNZA or CBU students are the most intellegent in Zambia and the rest are gonga’s right? Also they are the poor students? It’s time other students shared that cake also.

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    • Denkede, the reason they get meal allowance is because unlike other schools, CBU and UNZA students are not given food by their respective schools. If proper meals can be given to them, then meal allowance should be done away with, I have no problem with that. But if they cannot provide proper meals for the students. Then they should not stop giving meal allowance….you should also have in mind, that some students can hardly afford a meal, keep that in mind. Not everyone is rich like you. There are people who seriously cannot manage to survive. So let’s have a balanced view to this.

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  13. Hoe can GRZ have money for poor student when we have blowing money like that silly wife of lungus who blow close to $500k to go an view free donated second hand fire trucks for 2 weeks in the USA ???

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    • Do you know what you are talking about? The Ester Lungu foundation has more money than the whole UPND

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  14. Only dull people camped in opposition cannot see sense in this because they oppose any policy from PF Govnt!!!Look,not all Zambian pupils get accepted to UNZA and CBU.Since 1964,only students from the two public universities were given Govnt sponsorship,leaving out all other Govnt universities and colleges.IS THAT FAIR?Now PF Govnt has extended such sponsorship to other Govnt universities and colleges-WHICH IS A SPLENDID MOVE BECAUSE MANY STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT!!But since our economy is too small,Govnt cannot offer loans to many Govnt universities and pay meal allowances to all students.WE NEED TO BE REAL IN LIFE GUYS!!!Dont blame PF Govnt just for the sake of it.This is by far the best decision!!WELL DONE PF GOVNT!!

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  15. Comment:that’s great plan coz there is no way us studens from mulungushi university we are able to pay for ourselves Including for meal ,then them they just want to be getting things for free ,tabakeshibe ifyo chikalipa when you are block at university

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  16. A country that does not show concern for education is doomed to eternal poverty.
    The not consulted uninformed bullish decisions will drag to hell of poverty.
    The moment we will stop bullying the innocent, will be the moment we will see sanity in Zambian economic development.
    The bullying is too much. Where is the social welfare of this country?

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  17. If a student requires a loan and a bursary for accommodation and tuition, it is clear that they need maintenance support as well. Even in developed countries students who can show that their parents or guardians income does not go beyond a certain threshold are supported with loans and grants that cover maintenance as well. You cannot simply impose a blanket policy that does not consider the plight of gifted but poor students. Where will the ‘cream’ come from? Eventually the ratio of the caliber of students will tilt towards loads of educated (or half-baked) but unintelligent, privileged, rich connected graduates. How do you tackle social mobility and economic emancipation issues with such an elitist ill-thought knee jerk decision.

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  18. Nkandu Luo is heartless and very dictatorial. Our people are also too dull, they should be up in arms against such a move. First of all, these people with no proper plan should have anticipated this a long time ago. Next, these same people are introducing taxes almost on a daily basis. Kanshi where are people taxes going to, if you can’t feed their children which is your responsibility. When it’s time to increase your salaries and travel there is more than enough money come to taking care of people there is not enough. You even steal what others give them.

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  19. This makes very sad reading. I’m sure the Minister did not make this decision alone. It must have been made by the entire Cabinet. She even said “let your parents also take some responsibility by giving you pocket money”. For students to be on loan scheme means their parents cannot afford to provide for their meals at campus. The President and his Cabinet Ministers should not forget where they are coming from. Now that they are recovering money from some former students we expected that meal allowances would not be a problem. This is a government that will leave the worst legacy in the history of this country. The change that we voted for has turned out to be the worst nightmare of our lives.

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  20. By the way insulting elders be it HH, ECL, Prof, Luo is a demonstration of failure to engage in discussion with sober minds. A person begins to insult or use derogatory language when their ability to intelligently argue a matter out diminishes. It happens with married couples, friends, in offices etc.

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  21. Nosensal thinking coming out of the ministers mouth but big ups to other universities that will benefit from this scheme.student can’t survive without meal allowance, most of them come from people family that can’t afford to provide for the students.

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  22. Honourable Minister, Pf was founded on fundamental principles of elevating the lives of the poor majority Zambia. On average a lot of students making it to the university of Zambia & CBU can barely afford a a decent meal for a work whilst away from their guardians.

    Now you decide to terminate their hope completely. Honourable remember that boys in these institutions will survive but girls are now totally condemned to prostitution. Kalanda bcoz unza girls are already in the lions den called east park housing chikango, chapons etc.

    A reminder, when B. General Miyanda was the education Mimister bursaries for diploma students was scrapped off and this resulted into reduction of students. Worse Both sporsored diploma and degree students hate the general to date.

    Please as you…

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  23. Nkandu Luo has never been to UNZA. She is a Tasitha educated professor. She specialised in Mahule Tasitha programme and thats what she wants to turn our children into by denying them food at UNZA. God will teach her a lesson.
    Disaster!!!!!

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