Chancellor: UNZA Needs K38m a Month, Even Poor Students Must Pay

Chancellor: UNZA Needs K38m a Month, Even Poor Students Must Pay

University of Zambia Vice Chancellor professor Luke Mumba says poor students must sort out their scholarship problems before going to university because the institution needs money to pay salaries.
In an interview with News Diggers! Professor Mumba said students must at least pay a minimum 37.5 per cent of the total tuition fee to sit for their exams, saying the university was faced with a huge financial challenge.
He disclosed that over 8000 students have not yet paid fees but have continued attending lectures and accessing the university facilities like accommodation, free internet and library services.
When asked why the university was not considering the plight of students who come from poor families and could not afford to raise the required tuition fee before exam time, Professor Mumba said “poor students should settle sponsorship problems first”.
“Government is giving us for the GRZ sponsored students, it is giving us the grant which is K13 million to make it K24 million. To run this place we need K38 million every month to pay salaries and running costs. So we have to find the other K14 million. Our budget is run in such a way that students must pay. So it’s not a question of not being pro-poor, it’s a question of reality,” said Professor Mumba.
“Even in primary school or kindergarten, people don’t just go because they are poor and say let me attend, no! It doesn’t happen like that. Those who are poor have to come to university through a scholarship or someone supporting them, if they are not able to do that, unfortunately they cannot attend university because it has to be paid for.”

On Tuesday last week, students at the University of Zambia burnt tires at the protesting arena known as ‘Monk Square’ and chanted slogans outside the office of the vice-chancellor in protest against management’s decision to prevent them from writing mid-year exams for non-payment of tuition fees.
The students further denounced their UNZASU President Adrian Matole whom they accused of siding with management and government whenever students were complaining about issues affecting them.
The angry students vowed to continue with the protest if management does not rescind its decision but were calmed down by some union leaders who assured them that they would be allowed to sit for exams.
The situation on campus is currently calm, as affected students believed that management would show leniency on them.


9 Responses to "Chancellor: UNZA Needs K38m a Month, Even Poor Students Must Pay"

  1. Amani Mahoro Peace   May 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Rwanda is being run on lies,intimidations, police & military state of emergency, terror, fear, clandestine, disappearances,cheatings,deceits,silencing,emprisonment, kidnappings, propaganda, lobbying, corruption, lootings, suppression,oppression, showing off, parading,,,,,

  2. Mzee Hekima   May 17, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Ba Luke ifinthu kutekanya

  3. Mzee Hekima   May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I am sure govt paid for you now you want to deny others. What a loser shetani was munthu KK paid for you I am sure.

  4. Muledoubta ba Ngwele   May 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    He is just stating facts. What institution operates on air? Everything operates on money. If you want him to hand out free education give the university a business model that will allow this.

  5. Capitalist nigga   May 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    But Mulungushi university wants up to 85% fees to write exams what idiots!

  6. The Kimbanguist   May 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I have a better solution. Let students write their exams, but do not release the results until they pay. Simple!

  7. jiji   May 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    This guy must be fired…He is useless for the little he has said.

  8. Felix   May 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Grz has to pay mwebantu.grz money bonawula shingi bafyatile.

  9. Graiden   May 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Students should be allowed to write the exams. but results will be collected after paying the user fees simple and straightforward