By NANCY SIAME
ZAMBIA OPEN University (ZOU) Chancellor Francis Yamba has appealed to Government to give bursaries to students in private colleges and universities.
Prof Yamba said such a policy reform would denote equity and fairness in the distribution of public financial resources in education.
â€œGovernmentâ€™s position is a source of concern considering that both private and public institutions of higher learning are nagged in man power development for the same country and labour market,â€ Prof Yamba said.
He said this during the universityâ€™s sixth graduation ceremony where 800 students graduated.
Prof Yamba said this policy is also important for students at privately-owned colleges and universities.
He, however, commended Government for creating an enabling environment for private institutions to operate in. He said this has helped many people acquire qualifications.
â€œHowever, these efforts need to be accompanied by corresponding, and deliberate policies tailored to create sufficient employment as well asÂ an environment that can support the creation of opportunities for self-employment,â€ he said.
Prof Yamba said such policies will also reduce brain drain and encourage Zambians to remain and work in the country.
He said the importance attached to the participation of private institutions in higher learning institutions need to be overemphasised because the public institutions are not enough to absorb the high number of students in need of educational qualifications.
Prof Yamba urged the graduands to impact positively on the countryâ€™s development in a variety of ways.
He urged the graduands who are not in employment not to rely on being employed but seek ways of creating job opportunities for others through the skills obtained.
Prof Yamba said ZOU will continue its commitment to provide quality education to make a significant contribution to the development of man power.
â€œThough this effect, the universityâ€™s doors will always remain open for any suggestions that have the potential to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and delivery of training.
Speaking at the same function ZOU vice-chancellor Mutale Musonda said the institution has grown over the years and has developed several strategies to enhance teaching and learning activities.
Prof Musonda said a student record and administration system has been developed among other operations to facilitate the online registration of students.
â€œThe university expects student numbers to continue growing, a situation which demands adequate preparedness on the part of the university,â€ Prof Musonda said.
The graduation ceremony was being celebrated under the theme â€˜education puzzle-creative innovationsâ€™.
By NANCY SIAME