Students at Mulungushi University have been asked to clear at least 75 per cent of their outstanding tuition fees or risk not writing examinations which started yesterday.
MU corporate affairs officer James Pondo said that according to the individual agreement signed with students, they were supposed to settle all fees in full before writing their exams.
Mr. Pondo said the university has sent constant reminders to defaulting students but a few have not heeded the reminder. He however said that following management’s demand a huge number have paid and had been allowed to sit the exams.
He said that while it was understandable that some students had financial challenges, it was important that the payments were fulfilled in order for the institution to continue providing ‘‘quality and uncompromised standards’’.
“We understand the financial challenges being faced by our students’ sponsors but then we have a mandate to provide uncompromised services to the learners and for us to do that we need finances to run the institution.
‘‘In fact from the initial 100 percent agreed upon, we have even gone to as low as 75 per cent and then allow them to write exams so that they clear the remainder when collecting results,” he said in an interview.
Mr. Pondo also dispelled assertions in some sections of the media that about 1,500 students were caught up in the problem. He explained that the students’ population at the institution was 1,700 and that so far about 80 per cent have paid.
He also bemoaned the tendency by some students who deliberately decided not to settle their fees in full until the last minute.
“While some students’ problems are genuine there are also others who are just careless and want to panic and pay at the 11th hour even when they had an opportunity to pay the fees in full.
‘‘Our appeal to students is that they take their studies seriously and paying tuition fees is one of the ways in which a student shows commitment to their course of study.
‘‘It is not true that we have about 1,500 casualties because we only have 1,700 students in total and I can safely say that about 80 to 90 percent have paid,” he said.