Luo challenges varsities


NANCY MWAPE, Livingstone
MINISTER of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has challenged institutions of higher learning to be innovative and raise their own resources as opposed to waiting for government grants to sustain operations.
Professor Luo said higher education is a costly business investment to operate and urged managements to be creative.
“Worldwide, institutions of higher learning build their own resources through research work and other academic works.
“You are not civil servants who should go on strike demanding a salary increment but should be academia and build your own resources,” she said.
Prof Luo said this in Livingstone yesterday when she toured Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES) and Victoria Falls University.
She warned that her ministry will not spoon-feed institutions of higher learning by giving them grants.
Prof Luo wondered why public institutions with huge numbers of students are struggling to sustain operations when those in the private sector are thriving.
She called on higher learning institutions to improve on their quality of education environment and teaching staff to deliver “fully baked” graduates.
Prof Luo said Government is reforming the higher education sector, adding that there are so many private universities that do not meet the standards of university education.
“We are reviewing higher learning institutions and some private universities do not deserve to be called universities but colleges. As a ministry, we want to shake the education sector and give it the impetus it deserves,” she said.
He appealed to the private institution to maintain high standards and not accept students with poor results in schools like medicine.
LIBES principal Thomas Kalantiya said the institute has introduced new educational courses that will help to attract more students.
“We have plans to turn the infrastructure at Victoria Falls University into a technical secondary school though there were challenges surrounding this plan,” he said.
LIBES board chairperson Jocelyn Mutinta said the institution has transport challenges as it only has one bus.

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