UNZA ills


THE problems that the University of Zambia is facing need Government intervention as leaving them to the learning institution management will make the situation deteriorate even further.

UNZA needs capital injection and the sooner Government pumps in money to sort retirees and others the better.

It must be noted that even the best of managers would not handle the financial burden of UNZA.

Therefore, the resignation of University of Zambia vice chancellor Stephen Simukanga and three other senior staff should not be seen as just another passing phase in the career of those who have left the learning institution.

It should be seen as an opportunity for Government to embark on a healing process that will enable the first university in Zambia regain its rightful place in the education provision for local students and foreigners.

In the last few decades, however, the University of Zambia has not so much been in the news because of reasons it was built for shortly after Independence in 1964.

The learning institution’s objectives have over the years been shadowed by all sorts of vices.

The excellent provision of education of the 1970s hase mainly been overshadowed by secondary matters of lack of student bursaries and allowances, unpaid lecturers and researchers, strikes and other unproductive engagement.

UNZA has also suffered external pressure from former members of staff who have not been paid their terminal benefits.

Such financial pressure experiences at the University of Zambia have often led to premature closures of the learning institution leading to some prospective local and foreign students fearing to associate with the learning institution as they doubt completing their studies in the stipulated education calendar.

This is not to say the vices came about because of the four principals who have just resigned but have been with UNZA for some time now.

The four principal officers who have resigned found the problems and have left them

It is important therefore for Government to step into the UNZA mess and clean it up so that the high learning institution can regain its fame.

To imagine that successive UNZA managements would address the challenges would be asking for too much and the problems will continue.

Our view is that UNZA should be assisted to sort out its problems before being given strict instruction of effective not to fall in the problems it finds itself now.

If the Government does not take this advice, the problems UNZA is facing will continue growing for many years to come.

Government has a choice to make.