The Zambia National Student Union has called on government to start regulating fees paid by students in colleges and universities.
In a statement, ZANASU Acting President Steven Kanyakula said government must step in and regulate fees in tertiary education which he said are high.
“ZANASU wishes to commend the government through the Minister of General Education Hon. Mabumba for the reduction of fees in educational colleges. The move by government to reduce fees in educational colleges is highly recommendable,” Mr Kanyakula said.
“Education in Zambia is reaching the climax in becoming a prerogative for the rich, this move will however insure and guarantee education even to the poor and marginalized families.
Government must progressively aim toward provision of affordable education for all Zambians, Education is the center of economic development as it enhances human capital development.”
He said education is a basic need for all Zambians and should not be made a lucrative at all cost.
“However, we wish to challenge the government to ensure that this move is not just limited to educational colleges but rather be extended to all higher learning institutions.”
“Learning institution management has resorted in making student pay full tuition fees during the attachments, Government must therefore restrain learning institution management from making students pay for the services they will not be using while away for attachments, there is no justification whatsoever for students to pay full tuition fees for the period they will be away from school and will not be using university facilities,” he added.
“Lastly the government must introduce a policy that will regulate learning institutional fees and see to it that fees are not exaggerated by both public and private Universities. The policy should also insure the reduction is not just temporal but permanent.