Today marks exactly 90days since the battle of brilliance (CLOSURE OF CBU) begun. We have undergone the waste ranging from being apologetic or just carrying the blemish for “few rampant and unruly” students who went amok when the battle of brilliance reached its hottest peak as well as accepting our fate and take full responsibility of our actions.
Yes this is an academic struggle that befell us each and every single semester because we have always been faced with :
- Lack of Proper learning facilities such as ; laboratories, fully furnished lecturers theatre and classrooms.
- No adequate study space and unequipped small capacity library only accommodating less than 200 students against thousands of enrolled students in a university.
- Lack of a conducive academia demotivated by lecturers wrangles with management, delayed lectures salaries, go slows
- unfavorable academic policies such as the ever raising tuition fees , 50 percent CA threshold exam eligibility
- inconsiderate number of enrolments per year
With all these pending issues yet to be addressed , our beloved University still owes ZRA and NAPSA over K660 million in remittance of statutory obligations. But when a brilliant mind talks of all these problems it is faced with and decides to raise genuine concern over these very cardinal issues , it is fought a thousand times. Instead of finding amicable ground to iron out arising matters, we all have decided to ignore and vowed not to speak about the societal perception of a brilliant mind. The brilliant mind has been depicted as foul overshadowing it’s superb intelligence and positive impact it has on our society. A setback which predominantly it needs to recover from.
A CRY FOR EXPELLED UNION LEADERS
In our 90 days of self introspection and regret of some of the actions a brilliant mind took which were not supposed to be the way of ironing out issues like damaging property worthy millions , our thoughts trickle down to the injustice that we have inflicted on our dear brothers and sisters who took a bullet to serve our interest and keep most of us (students) alive in this battle of brilliance.
A back trail of their action still beats our human conviction that these leaders, their intentions were not ill framed but meant to resolve matters at hand after a possible fall out with management to agree on the exam eligibility of students (50% CA threshold) and payment of tuition fee by students who were in denial of exam writing for falling to reach 80% payment threshold.
Our own postmortem carried thus far within 90 days still indicates that riotous behavior is highly unacceptable and it’s something that we greatly regret. We have to put an end to this barbarous act in no time soon.But also we have learnt how imperative it is for authorities to address the matters that precedes this fall out and consequently lead to this immense misunderstanding between students and school management.
It all started as a class boycott but alas culminated into unrest resulting into damage of property. But here is our food for thought , we all know that each and every institution has got it’s own rules . Here is what CBU student hand book revised 2017 stipulate on calling of class boycott by students.
“45. Any union official or member of the student representatives council who calls for a class boycott or demonstration without the consent or approval of the student body through a secret ballot ” vs charge ” shall be suspended for 14 days not exceeding one term from the academic year or any further action maybe taken against such a person depending on the extent of the case as determined by the DC”
“48. When a common student calls for class boycott” vs charge ” shall be expelled from the university”
In our own point of view the union conducted a secret ballot , the boycott was unanimously agreed upon by every son and daughter of the mighty Copperbelt University to avert the fate of not sitting for final exams by a good number of us who were not eligible due to Senate set standards which we still think and firmly believe needed to be revisited .
Surely which charge here suitably fits to be slapped against our leaders ? Isn’t expulsion too much for our poor colleagues? I leave it here..Remember ” whatever is done in good faith deserves a helping hand “.The case of our union leaders is no different, it deserve a hand of help by remaining united and advocate for reinstatement our colleagues .
Lastly a brilliant mind appeals for consideration of its academic fate by sympathetically opening the university CBU as soon as possible.
#OUR FEET SHALL TAKE US THERE
By Mathews C Chanda
Senior student /ex- union leader at the copperbelt university.