Bring back students meal allowances-SP
By Staff Reporter
Opposition Socialist party in Chingola says the youths are against the autocratic decision by government to abolish meal allowances for University of Zambia and Copperbelt University students.
Speaking to newsdayzambia.com Socialist Party Chingola coordinator Joseph Kangwa said the decision may negatively affect the future generations and ultimately impact literacy levels in the country.
Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo announced on Wednesday, February 6 that the government was abolishing meal allowances for first year UNZA and CBU students and would instead increase more public universities to the loan scheme.
However, Kangwa said, “we the Youths wish to put it on record that we have welcomed the decision to add more universities to the loan scheme and we commend the government for such positive move. In the same vein, we would also like to state clearly that we are against the government’s autocratic decision to abolish students’ said allowances which is meagre compared to the allowances which some government officials are entitled to”.
He said it was insufferable to note that the PF regime was abolishing meagre allowances when the majority PF ministers who remained in public offices illegally during the campaign period in 2016, have not yet paid back millions of Kwacha they owe the public despite the court ordering them to pay back.
“The same regime has been purchasing the most expensive equipment such as an areophane, 42 fire tenders which cost lots of money inter alia, and yet they neglect students’ welfare. Suffice to say that, the government still has room to amend its mistake by reversing that decision which was taken in bad faith thereby preventing any unfortunate apocalypse in our country,” he said.