THE Zambia National Students Union has called on managers of public and private institutions of higher learning to allow students who owe to take their semester examinations but put measures in place for recovery of monies.
ZANASU vice-president Steven Kanyakula the increasing threats by managements of both public and private universities to stop students from taking their examinations despite the students having made considerable payments towards their tuition fees.
“Currently, we are aware of cases such as the University of Zambia where about 1,200 students may not take their examinations because of non-full payment of tuition fees,” he said. “We want to remind institutions of higher learning that stopping students from taking examinations does not put money into the coffers of a university or college.”
Kanyakula said management could find other means to recover the monies such as withholding of results until the full payment has been made.
“In fact, we believe universities and colleges who stop students from taking examinations after having made a considerable payment are, to a larger extent, guilty of unjust enrichment,” he said.
Kanyakula appealed to higher education minister Professor Nkandu Luo to begin earnest discussions between management and students, through their unions, to find lasting solutions to the problem.
“ZANASU also would like to commend institutions such as Zambian Open University whose union has launched the Student Revolving Fund that will allow ZAOU students to borrow funds to pay for their examinations at no interest. We encourage student unions around the country to begin emulating these examples that bridge the gap when solutions cannot be found,” he said.
And Kanyakula congratulated newly elected president of the National Institute of Public Administration Student Union, Charles Mbobela, and his entire executive for their victory in an election that was peaceful, free and fair and professionally conducted by the elections body.
He said ZANASU was always proud that students continued to use the democratic apparatus in choosing their elected leaders.
“NIPASU has been one of the most instrumental institutions and a voice that has helped to build the student movement in Zambia. ZANASU will also be closely following the elections at Lusaka Trust Business College (LTBC) which will be held on Thursday next week,” said Kanyakula.