CBU back to business

THE Copperbelt University (CBU), which was closed more than a month ago after a go-slow by lecturers demanding the dismissal of Vice-Chancellor Naison Ngoma, has been reopened for normal academic programmes.
Ten days ago, Education Minister Michael Kaingu announced at Moba Hotel in Kitwe that CBU would be opened on August 17 after academic staff of the CBU agreed to resume teaching in the interest of the students.
A visit to the CBU by the Daily Nation found that students had returned to the university and lecturers had also commenced.
Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU) Acting General Secretary Kawunga Nyirenda said the lecturers had gone back to class as earlier agreed with the Government.
Dr Nyirenda said the lecturers were hoping that after going back to class, Government would also seriously consider the issues which the lecturers had raised during the meeting.
“We have gone back to class as earlier agreed with Government. It is our sincere hope that Government will also work on their end of bargain by considering our issues,” Dr Nyirenda said.
Meanwhile, University of Zambia acting Vice Chancellor Enala Mwase has said results for students at UNZA Great East Road campus would be announced after the Senate sitting next week.
Professor Mwase said lecturers were currently processing students’ results which were supposed to be released yesterday according to the institutional calendar.
She was responding to questions from journalists who wanted to find out when the results for students were going to be released.
“Withholding of results is on individual basis, there maybe programmes that would give their results, certain programmes may not but will only know that next week,” Prof Mwase explained.
Earlier, Professor Mwase officially opened a five day special training programme on strategic planning and implementation for deans, directors from UNZA, Cabinet office staff and colleges affiliated to the University in Lusaka attended.
She told the participants that the training was timely for the University of Zambia as the mid-term review of strategic plan was underway.
Prof Mwase said the training was a component of a deliberate capacity building programme aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the UNZA 2013 to 2017 strategic plan.
She said the training demonstrated management’s desire to ensure that knowledge and skills of members of staff in strategic management was enhanced.
Prof Mwase said it was also a demonstration of UNZA management’s desire of ensuring that strategic management practices were mainstreamed and institutionalized within and across all levels of the university.
“It is therefore expected that the officers from the university participating in this programme will be able to effectively participate in the review process and thereafter proceed to implementing the strategic plan with renewed energy and focus,” Prof Mwase said.

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