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Offer enhanced, quality, affordable education, UNZA told

ST MAWAGGALI (formerly Choma Trade Training Institute) lecturer Prince Chibala (right) explains how a motor vehicle engine is repaired to Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo (left) and Southern Province minister Edify Hamukale in Choma recently. PICTURE: JIMMY CHIBUYE

LUCY LUMBE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has urged the University of Zambia (UNZA) management to provide quality programmes that will contribute to the country’s sustainable development.
Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo said the university should try to offer programmes aimed at contributing to the development of the country.
Professor Luo said in a speech read on her behalf by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources at the 46th graduation ceremony of the University of Zambia in Lusaka yesterday.
“This is not time for large new programmes which do not address the skill requirements and labour market demands of our employers. If the university is seriously searching for ways of cutting costs, a review of academic programmes should not be exempt,” she said.
Prof Luo said the university should expand undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment in areas of national need to address the market demands.
She said government was making efforts to ensure the students’ loans scheme was operational in 2018.
“I challenge you the vice-chancellor to find ways of delivering high quality education at lower and competitive costs. Government will not entertain unjustified tuition fee increases as doing so will narrow access to student loans,” Prof Luo said.
She said Government, through the ministry of Higher education would continue to provide financial and infrastructure assistance by partnering with the university to enhance the performance of both the school and the students.
And UNZA chancellor Jacob Mwanza said there was need to strengthen corporate governance in the university.
Dr Mwanza said the university, through its operations would continue delivering quality services and excellence in higher education.
“The university will improve on its internal processes and overcome bottlenecks in our operations in order to deliver an excellent student experience,” he said.




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