Ministry of Health spokesperson Abel Kabalo has disclosed that consultative meetings concerning the impending reduction of tuition fees in all public nursing institutions, is currently underway.

Dr Kabalo said government has decided to engage various stakeholders on the matter, in order to ensure that an agreement is arrived at, in relation to setting of favourable tuition fees.

He further said that the ministry will respond to concerns being raised by unions and the general public, once consultations are done.

Dr Kabalo explained that the ministry is currently producing more health workers by standardizing tuition fees, in order to enhance access to education for everyone.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya recently announced that government will soon standardise the tuition fees for all student nurses in public institutions, from K18, 000 to paying K8500 per year.

Dr Chilufya added that government was concerned that tuition fees in some nursing schools were very high, hence reducing the fees will help in transforming the quality of service delivery as well as provision of equal access to training opportunities.

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  1. Chipante pante, type of policies – without integrated multi sectoral sensitivity analysis.

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  2. These discussion should have been done before the announcements. I wonder how reducing the fees would help in transforming the quality of service delivery as well as provision of equal access to training opportunities. In addition funding by government to these institutions is zero and we expect quality service.
    This is a fallacy. We seem to be thinking in reverse gear. Oh dununa reverse for real!
    What a disaster!!!!

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    • Because the crook Chilufya wants to use all money to overpriced expired medicine from his Indian pharmaceutical partners.

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  3. Reduction not making sense. where will difference come from if they are already failing to fund UNZA and CBU? You fail to look after your on children then you go to get your sister’s children from the village, what will happen? We are just going to create sub-standard graduates.

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  4. The solution to our problems is within us. create jobs, parents will afford to pay for their children. We have so many construction projects going on but these are not benefiting the local economy. Govt is doing its part by giving contracts, which in real sense should translate into creation of jobs but we are not seeing this happening. Here is the missing link- China’s model of business is that, when you give them a contract, they will source everything from a nail to excavator from China. This means no supply on Zambian market will supply anything to them. the only thing they will source locally is sand and stones, but even then, they will engage another Chinese to supply them. All money borrowed goes back where it came from. How do we grow the local economy like that?

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  5. The real price never reduces no matter how you change the way it is paid. If you are not forthright, the real price is actually much higher.

    Once the fees are reduced below the level of an average private secondary school, then forget about getting a quality jab and essential nursing care like whats happening now. End result will be early death, deformities, disabilities and orphans ecetera. That’s a very high price to pay. Besides, 10s of 1000s of nurses are on streets. Too many than needed. Balance this by correct pricing of training. Farm colleges need more students.

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  6. Truly this is chipantepante. Listen people, going by the number of private nursing schools opening in every corner of Lusaka including in shanty compounds and the outskirts, going by the number of nursing schools opening ebeven in the rural areas, going by the length od waiting lists for students wanting to study nursing it goes without saying that if they can afford to pay private institutions, pay for their humble rentals in kalinga linga or wherever they saty but can afford to go to class, then school fees are not an issue. The question then is, if there is no issue, what issue is Chilufya trying to solve? In fact GRZ should even think of shifting sponsorship to other professions which have not yet reached the level nursing has. I am talking about people already paying for themselves…

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  7. You people,, you don’t understand.. How can reduced user fees affect quality of education..? Unless you say the government wants to reduce entry point or entry qualification to nursing from G12 with five credits or better to G9 with English and Environmental science… There I can understand that the quality of nurses will be compromised,, but fees, I don’t know how it can compromise quality. Most of the intelligent girls and boys are those from poor families who cannot afford the 18,000 per year. Guys be real, not politics..

    For your information, some of us got free education, both secondary and college or university, but look at what they or we have produced,, better than those that now pay millions of kwacha to go to universities, and when they come back, some cannot even write…

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