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Council decides to keep CBU crippled

MICHAEL KAINGU

HONE SIAME, Kitwe
COPPERBELT University (CBU) Council has decided to keep the major part of the institution non-operational pending consultations with the Ministry of Education.
The Council made the resolution yesterday after a special meeting convened to discuss the impasse that has rocked the university since lecturers and other academic staff went on strike over a month ago demanding the resignation of vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma and top management.
CBU registrar Hellen Mukumba, who released the statement on behalf of the Council in Kitwe, said the academic life of major parts of the university will remain non-operational.
She said the Council will present its resolutions to the Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Michael Kaingu.
“The Council has made decisions and resolutions towards reducing the time that the academic life of major parts of the university remains non-operational.  The Council will present these resolutions to the Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education,” Ms Mukumba said.
She said the Council considered reports from special committees which were set up to study specific concerns raised by all parties to the dispute.
The lecturers, who have not come up with specific charges against Prof Ngoma, accuse him of alleged lack of academic focus. Government closed the institution prematurely after a violent protest by students over the prolonged strike.



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