Zambia’s biggest university on Wednesday came under attack over its decision to bar more than 8,000 students from writing their examinations due to unpaid tuition fees.
The University of Zambia (UNZA), situated in Lusaka, the country’s capital, said the students will not be allowed to write their examinations next month if they fail to make the outstanding payments.
Damaseke Chibale, the university’s public relations officer said in a statement that the growing trend of not paying tuition fees by some students has adversely affected smooth operations of the university despite the flexible mode of payments arranges it had put in place.
But the Zambia National Students Union (ZANASU), a mother body of all university student unions in the country, said the act taken by management at the university was wrong, adding that they should have allowed the students to write their examinations and withhold their results until they cleared their arrears.
“In Zambia education is one of the major keys to success hence depriving someone’s right to education in such a manner is heavily condemned by ZANASU,” Dismas Chanda, the union’s academic secretary said in a statement.
He added that the management at the university should find another alternative way of dealing with the situation instead of restraining the students from writing their examinations.
The university has 24,000 students in over 300 under-graduate and post-graduate programs across 13 schools and the institute of distance education. Enditem