PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the University of Zambia management to allow the 8,000 defaulting students to sit examinations provided their sponsors sign commitments to complete payment of fees.
According to University of Zambia Students’ Union academic affairs secretary Cornelius Daka, all registered students would be allowed to sit exams on condition that their sponsors or guardians sign commitment forms to clear the debt.
UNZASU would like to inform the student populace that senate held an emergency meeting yesterday [Friday] concerning examination and fees and a concordance has been reached; all registered students will be allowed to sit for exams this academic year 2016/2017 provided their sponsors or guardians sign commitment to complete payment of fees for the affected student. This came as a directive from H.E President Edgar Lungu through the Minister of Higher Education, ladies and gentlemen we have won the battle,
He stated that the university would withhold examination results for students who would still owe the institution.
We urge students to continue making further payments as results will not be published for students who will still be owing the university at the time of publication. And all graduating students still owing will not be allowed to graduate. We further urge all registered students to collect new identity cards and latest exam slips as they will be used to gain access to exam rooms,
“Furthermore, deferred exams will be given to all students that are registered and missed mid-year exams. A deferred exam timetable will be published immediately after the final exams. Lastly, we urge all registered students still owing the institution to get in touch with their sponsors and guardians to travel to the University of Zambia and sign commitment forms on their behalf before exams begin in a fortnight to avoid being inconvenienced.”
Last month, UNZA management announced that over 8,000 students were owing the institution K58 million and barred them from sitting the exams or accessing university services.
The decision was condemned widely by stakeholders as unfair, with the student union issuing conflicting views on the matter. The stakeholders suggested that the university should allow the students to sit the examination and withhold results for those that would not clear their tuitions fees by then.