CBU council disbanded


Education Minister Michael Kaingu has dissolved the Copperbelt University Council.

Dr Kaingu has since appointed a nine member interim committee to preside over the affairs of CBU with immediate effect.

The Minister told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that the move was meant to consolidate the agreements reached with the Copperbelt University Academic Staff Union.

And Dr Kaingu said CBU Vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma would remain on indefinite leave and tasked the care taker committee to look into his issues.

Education Minister promised to meet the staff at CBU on September 3, 2015.

Meanwhile Dr Kaingu has expressed concerns over declining standards in public universities.

Dr Kaingu has since challenged university managements to work hard and change the poor academic scenario.

And the University of Zambia (UNZA) students have appealed to Dr Kaingu to make government’s stance clear known over the impasse surrounding the plight of lecturers.

University of Zambia Postgraduate Students Association (UNZAPOGRASA) Secretary General Lackson Lungu told Daily Nation that lecturers had, up to now, not released the results demanding that government gives them the road map on how the payment of their dues would be done.

Mr Lungu said publication of results was supposed to be on August 17, 2015, adding that the date had since passed without any progress regarding the release of results.

“…As postgraduate students we are eager to embark on our various research projects which can only take off after the release of results. Our worry is that the university may not open on 4th October, 2015 as scheduled. This will, in the end, affect a lot of programmes such as graduation and research work for postgraduate students,” he said.

Mr Lungu said most of the postgraduate students were working, thus delaying their programmes would greatly affect them as most of them were on study leave for a stipulated period from their various work places.

He also said the association had information that the school of medicine which was scheduled to open earlier would not open until further notice.

Mr Lungu said it clearly showed that all other university programmes might be affected and opening for the 2015/2016 academic year may be rescheduled.

Mr Lungu said such a move would disturb a lot of university programme and might further affect the UNZA ranking at both Continental and Global levels which are already low.

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