Ministry of Higher Education says it is in discussions with the Ministry of Finance on how to urgently address delays in receiving grants for various higher learning institutions.
Minister in charge Dr. Brian Mushimba said in a statement that the Ministry notes with regret the delays in receiving grants from the Treasury.
“The delay in receiving funding is as a result of the fact that resources have been required urgently to meet the life and death circumstances in various parts of the country,” Dr. Mushimba said.
Dr. Mushimba added that through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit and Zambia Police, resources have been mobilized to address unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances that are being addressed currently in various parts of the country.
Dr. Mushimba said “the Ministry is aware that the delay has caused despair among members of staff in its universities, TEVET Colleges and some Science Research Institutions.
“I however, wish to appeal to members of staff in our institutions, including those at university of Zambia and Copperbelt University to remain calm and bear with Government as we apply ourselves to resolving this matter of delayed release of grants,” Dr. Mushimba added.
Dr. Mushimba’s remarks come in the wake of demands by National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) for the immediate release of grants for the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University and timely payment of funds to other Universities as soon as the Ministry makes loan recoveries from former students.
NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa said “government’s culture of holding on to funds meant for Universities has left a trail of academic destruction at UNZA and CBU.