No more meal allowances for UNZA, CBU students

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Government has officially scrapped off meal allowances for University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt University (CBU) students, Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo has announced today.

Last year, Professor Luo told an unnamed CBU student in a phone conversation that government would abolish meal allowances on grounds that they were a source of unrest at the country’s two highest learning institutions.

The Minister further indicated that government would maintain the project and accommodation allowances.

Following a public outcry, Professor Luo denied that government had scrapped off the meal allowances, saying the matter was merely up for consideration.

But at a media briefing this morning, told journalists that government will no longer pay UNZA and CBU students meal allowances but will instead use the resources to add more public universities to the loan scheme.

She said students entering their first year in 2019 will be the first to access student loans under the new system.

Details to follow

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