By Nation Reporter
PARLIAMENT heard yesterday that Government has allowed the re-opening of the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt University (CBU).
The University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road campus and the Copperbelt University (CBU) were closed on February 3, 2016 following violent protests over delayed payment of meal allowances.
Yesterday, Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu told Parliament in a ministerial statement that the decision was partly arrived at after President Lungu prevailed over the matter.
“The Copperbelt University will re-open on 17th April 2016 while the University of Zambia will be ready to reopen on 24th April 2016,” he said.
Dr Kaingu however said that students facing disciplinary charges would not be allowed to report for school.
Government engaged the two institutions and many other stakeholders since my last address with the aim of having the two institutions re-opened.
“Sir, as the House will recall. Government had given five conditions to be fulfilled by the Universities before they could re-open,” he said.
Dr Kaingu said the interim councils as well as the management of the two universities had for the past one month been working towards meeting the conditions.
“I am happy to report that both the Copperbelt University and the University of Zambia have fulfilled four of the five conditions for reopening. For this reason, they have been allowed to re-open the Universities,” Dr Kaingu said.
He said the fifth condition that was yet to be met by the two universities was the conclusion of the disciplinary process.
Dr Kaingu urged the two Universities to ensure that they continued to pay attention to upholding security and discipline as they also strived for academic excellence.
He said as they strengthened security measures, the two universities would also be expected to review the current system of allocating accommodation.
Dr Kaingu said the current system where students were allowed to sublet their rooms was another source of confusion at the Universities.