THE decision by Government to scrap off meal allowances for students at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe and the University of Zambia in Lusaka has been received with mixed feelings by people from all walks of life.
John Zimba, a trader in Kamwala in Lusaka, said that the move was not fair as it would inconvenience the students and may result in poor performance.
Mr. Zimba appealed to Government to reconsider its decision and give the students back their meal allowances.
He said Higher Education minister Michael Kaingu should have a heart of a father and understand the conditions of the students who had for a long time depended entirely on the meal allowances for their sustenance.
Mr. Zimba said if Government did not reconsider the decision, the move would negatively affect students who did not participate in the riots that took place at the two higher learning institutions.
“If a research was to be conducted to find out who was involved in the riots we can find that just a bunch of rich kids who do not want to study were the ones causing problems because they prefer being at home doing nothing.
“So the people that are going to suffer the most are the students who are from poor homes who entirely depend on Government bursaries,’’ said Mr. Zimba.
And Rachael Mulambe of City Market said that that the move to scrap off meal allowances was the only way that Government would be able to put an end to the continued riots by the students from the two higher learning institutions.
Ms. Mulambe said there was need for the students to learn and appreciate what Government had been doing for them.
She said while it was the responsibility of Government to educate Zambian citizens, it was imperative for the students to reciprocate the assistance through good behaviour.
She said that there were many students who were in need of meal allowances that the CBU and UNZA students were abusing.-Millennium Radio