Copperbelt University
Copperbelt University

The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia [NAQEZ] has opposed the expulsion of 10 Copperbelt University Student Union (COBUSU) leaders by Management at the University.

NAQEZ Executive Director, Aaron Chansa, has noted that while his organisation has been against violent protests by students, the expulsion of the CBU students is not right, untimely and will send the victims into abject poverty and destitution.

Mr Chansa advised that the University management should have addressed matters that provoked the disturbances as opposed to inflicting the untold punishment on the student leaders, some of whom could be victims of circumstances.

He has since appealed to the Minister of Higher Education, Nkandu Luo, to help reverse the expulsion and allow the 10 students to complete their studies.

Mr Chansa noted in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday that rescinding the expulsions will also give the higher learning institution a fresh and promising start.

He added that the closure of CBU itself has given students enough time to reflect and reform.

The NAQEZ Executive Director indicated that the country is expects to hear when the University will open unlike expulsions and threats.

He said the expulsions are not a remedy to the ills that are currently affecting the university and his organisation is now looking up to Professor Luo to prevail over the matter.

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  1. I agree with Aaron Chansa. These are young minds that are not yet a lost cause and can be shaped into goid citizens with appropriate counselling. There’s a common problem I see in all students in our tertiary education institutions, in fact all of our society. Dialoguing skills are poor and we don’t even know it. One of the signs of being cultured and civilised is the ability to express disagreement or displeasure pokitely and with a lot of respect to the other fellow. Unfortunately this is seen as weakness or that you don’t mean it in our society. Do you think Chishimba Kambwili knows that there’s a better way to express displeasure or disagreement than he does? And Sata even appointed him as foreign minister at one time!

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    • Unfortunately students don’t get an opportunity to dialogue and be head. No one wants to listen to them so they resort to crude means of expressing themselves. When that is done then the long arm of the law visits them like a ton of breaks. Sad

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    • Monk Sq: Wht about through correspondence? If one checked the student leaders’ files, would one find polite correspondence to relevant offices? No one likes listening to rude people.

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  2. I ALSO HATE PEOPLE WHO DESTROY TH E PROPERTIES OF INNOCENT ONES AND PASSERSBY. THE BEST IS TO PLEAD FOR AN APOLOGY ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS AND LAW BREAKERS INTELLECTUALS

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    • Edgar : I fully agree with u. In fact I hv argued that these are young people who can still be shaped into good and productive citizens. Are they being taught and examined on how to disagree politely? When their lecturers are over-loaded with teaching so many courses, there’s hardly time to do things properly. If a lecturer has to teach four different courses, they’re overloaded.Two should be the maximum.

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  3. NEMWINE THANKS FOR THAT! LET NO ONE, IT BE FROM THE OPPOSITION OR THE RULING CLASS OR FROM THE SO CALLED NGOCC, INFLUENCE THE THINKING OF THESE PRECIOUS INTELLECTUAL GEMS IN STUDENTS. LEARNING DEMANDS NOT ONLY THE SHAPING OF THE BRAINS BUT ALSO THE DISCIPLINE ASPECT

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  4. Comment: It is a well thought out plea Aaron for the powers that be to have leniency on the poor students and allow them to complete their studies. Also allow me to ask you as civil society organisations who are mostly reactive, to be proactive and mentor these students and let them know that they are basically at those instutitions to learn and not to champion their affiliation goals. The events that led to the closure could have been avoided if such CSOs made efforts to counsel students and let them know that they were risking their careers.

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  5. The problem is with govt not with students, its not a persons money but tax payers money which we remit everymonth so that students can learn. But someone wants to act like they are doing a favor to students

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