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Students hostels get K75m boost

NKRUMAH University Hostels under construction in Kabwe

GOVERNMENT has released K75 million for completing the construction of student hostels at higher learning institutions country-wide.
Government is constructing student hostels at Mukuba University and Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Kwame Nkrumah University in Kabwe, Chalimbana University in Lusaka and at various trades training institutes.
Ministry of Higher Education permanent secretary Owen Mugemezulu said in an interview yesterday that construction works on student hostels are expected to be completed with a steady flow of funds.
“We have just received K75 million for completing works on projects at universities, colleges and trades schools. These funds are specifically for completing construction of student hostels at higher learning institutions,” Mr Mugemezulu said.
He said most of the construction works are almost complete, while others are at 40 percent level.
Mr Mugemezulu said with a steady flow of funds, most of the projects are expected to be completed soon.
He said Government wants construction of student hostels to be completed on time to mitigate the shortage of accommodation at higher learning institutions.
Mr Mugemezulu said most institutions of higher learning face accommodation challenges, which compromise provision of quality education.
He said Government will continue investing in infrastructure development at higher learning institutions so that students can learn in a habitable environment.
And Mr Mugemezulu said out of the released K75 million, the Copperbelt University School of Medicine has received K5 million for procuring equipment and furniture.
“Construction of the Copperbelt University School of Medicine has been completed. The school has a state-of-the-art lecturer theatre but unfortunately, it does not have furniture.  So, we have decided to give the institution K5 million for furniture and equipment,” he said.

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