By Staff Writer
The newly appointed Minister of Higher Education Brian Mushimba has directed University of Zambia (UNZA) to allow all students owing the institution money to write their exams undisturbed.
Mr Mushimba who has seemingly hit the ground running in his new assignment is said to have been disturbed when informed that as a matter of policy, UNZA bars students with arrears from sitting for exams until they pay a significant amount towards what they owe to the Institution.
But a source in the meeting disclosed that the Minister was upset and wondered how they (Unza) wud let the students come this far only to stop them from sitting for exams and hence wasting an entire academic year.
He said the Minister instead instructed that all students be allowed to sit for exams and deal with arrears at the point of results collection.
He further said that the Minister cautioned High Learning institutions like UNZA to avoid implementing policies that agitate both students and parents alike in this challenging economic situation.
The Minister advised managements to familiarize themselves with the PF manifesto and remember that PF is a pro poor Govt and working at making education accessible and affordable for all.
To this effect, all students will now be allowed to sit for their exams.
The Nation now awaits Minister Mushimba’s assurance on CBU reopening, last week the Minister took to Twitter and thanked the President for moving him to a different Ministry and pledged to reopen CBU as a matter of priority in a tweet.