EDUCATION Minister Michael Kaingu yesterday held a meeting with University of Zambia management in an effort to resolve issues surrounding the go-slow by lecturers and researchers at the campus.
Dr Kaingu met the UNZA management led by Acting Vice Chancellor Enala Mwase at his office in Lusaka.
Ministry of Education Spokesperson, Hillary Chipango confirmed this in an interview.
Mr. Chipango said the meeting was cordial and fruitful but did not disclose the full details of the deliberations. UNZA lecturers and researchers are on a go-slow over unpaid contractual financial obligation by UNZA management.
On Sunday, Unza lecturers said they were angered that in spite of instructions from the President Edgar Lungu, the Minister of Education Dr. Michael Kaingu has failed to open dialogue with them on how Government intends to settle the K340 million owed to them.
“We wrote to the President who referred the matter to the Minister, but to-day he has made no effort to discuss the matter with us” University of Zambia Lecturers’ and Researchers Union(UNZALARU) General Secretary Jason Mwanza has said.
The Union maintained that unless the matter was resolved, lecturers would not release results, a move which may lead to the institution not reopening as scheduled on 4th October, 2015.
He said UNZALARU was not asking Government to pay the whole figure at once because the debt was too big but that the union was only seeking a commitment that it would pay the debt under specified period which the lecturers would agree because it had taken a long time to address the issue, while the debt continued accumulating.-ZNBC/Daily Nation