Mulungushi University students boycott exams

Mulungushi University students have petitioned management and demanded to be addressed by justice minister Wynter Kabimba on the issues surrounding the welfare at their school.

The students told the Daily Nation in Kabwe that there was lack of seriousness from government to address their plight and demanded a way forward.

The students had entered day three of their exams boycott and this has put management in an awkward situation.

Speaking on behalf of the students, union vice president James Phiri said it was shocking that the PF government had extended bursaries to private Universities and encouraged them to apply saying that there was money for bursaries to carter for private students.

Mr Phiri said it was unfortunate that government had failed to provide loans to students at the institution but opted to offer the facility to private ones.

He said the students would only resume exams after the minister addresses them.

And Jansen Siamufwa, student academic affairs secretary said the decision to remove subsidies had affected the cost of living because students had to fend for themselves.

He said the cost of living had become very high because they were buying  meals from the cafeteria and they had to pay for their own transport costs, which was a burden to the parents who were sponsoring them.

The students also questioned why government had embarked on projects to build other universities when it had failed to complete structures at their university started by the former ruling party MMD.

They said the monies that government was going to spend on the new infrastructure would have been used to complete all the unfinished projects.

The students said government still needed to complete building the students hostels, lecture theatres and the main library.

And University Deputy vice chancellor Dr Judith Lungu regretted the decision by students   to boycott exams would derail the school calendar.

Dr Lungu said the move would frustrate the university planning because after the closure of the institution in June, distant students were expected.

She appealed to the students to rescind their decision and write their exams but by press time the students maintained that they should be addressed by either Mr Kabimba or Dr John Phiri the education minister.

And materials worth at least Kr 70,000 was yesterday  gutted by fire at the students affairs centre. Police officers could not confirm the cause of the fire.