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UNZA students to be paid meal allowances,as police release 27 students

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MINISTER of Education, Science and Vocation Training John Phiri has assured University of Zambia (UNZA) students that their bursary upkeep allowances will be paid on Tuesday.

And the academic calendar at UNZA remains unchanged and will operate as scheduled to close on October 31, 2012.

Addressing students who had marched to the bursaries committee in protest over delayed payment of bursaries, Dr Phiri said K16 billion has been set up to pay student for the semester ending October month-end.

“It is regrettable that the bursaries committee has not been efficient in handling bursaries.  Government is working towards reforms to address issues of discrimination at the committee,” he said.

Dr Phiri attributed the impasse at the country’s highest learning institution to failure by management to communicate effectively with the students.

He urged students to exercise patience and further assured them that government will ensure they were paid their dues.

Dr Phiri said should not worry as the institution would not close prematurely to pave way for the rehabilitation of hostels for the hosting of the 2012 supreme council for sports in Africa Zone six under 20 youth games.

The students earlier gathered at the bursaries committee and locked the gate before they turned away police officers who had gathered in full riot gear.

The students refused to be addressed by the permanent secretary until the Minister arrived to address them.

Dr Phiri later ordered that the students be driven back to the campus in buses much to their euphoria.

Meanwhile, Zambia Poilce Service has released 27 students who were arrested in connection with the riot last nite.

Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Dr Solomon Jere confirmed the release of the students and said ” that i can confirm that the police service has released 27 students who were arrested on thursday evening.”

 

 

 

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