CBU students boycott classes

Students at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe have gone on a class boycott to press for an increment in their meal allowances and an improvement to the campus infrastructure.

Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) vice president Gerald Chiluba said the students had resolved to go on class boycott to demand for an increment in meal allowances and improvement of infrastructure on the campus which was in a dilapidated state.

Mr Chiluba said the resolution to stage a class boycott was made after the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday.

He said the students were demanding an increment of 45 per cent across the board on meal, accommodation, project and book allowances from the current K675 which was paid per term.

Mr Chiluba further said that students who were not accommodated at the institution were currently getting an allowance of K750 annually and paying K700 in boarding houses.

“On Tuesday, we had our AGM where we resolved to go on a class boycott over allowances. We want an increment of 45 percent across the board because the meal allowance was last increased in 2011.

“No one is going for classes, We have a student’s security which is ensuring that no one goes to class until our demands are met,” Mr Chiluba said.

He said the construction of more bed spaces would help cushion accommodation challenges at CBU.

Mr Chiluba said COBUSU president Kinsley Chinyama and other student leaders were walking to Lusaka to meet Education minister Dr  John Phiri over the matter.

But CBU registrar Allan Illunga appealed to students to rescind their decision and pursue dialogue by allowing their sponsors to address their grievances.

Mr Illunga said the students have been meeting government officials over their concerns and that management was not privy to what was being discussed.

He said the students meeting with government  officials  was an indication that it was willing to listen and talk to them in addressing their concerns.