THE class boycott by Copperbelt University Students (CBU) in Kitwe has entered the second day.
Students at CBU on Wednesday went on a class boycott to pressure Government to increase their allowances by 45 percent.
Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) vice-president Gerald Chiluba said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the students want Government to release K250 million for the construction of more hostels at the campus.
Mr Chiluba assured that students would not be riotous during the class boycott.
“We are peaceful people, we will not go anywhere near Jambo Drive to protest or damage anyone’s property. There are no academic activities taking place at CBU so far,” Mr Chiluba said.
He said students will not resume classes until their demands are met.
“We want to have an audience with Minister of Education John Phiri. We want to present our concerns directly to him,” Mr Chiluba said.
He said the students want Government to release the money for the construction of more hostels at CBU.
Mr Chiluba said the shortage of accommodation at CBU has continued and it is important for Government to invest in infrastructure at the institution to address the problem.
“We are concerned with the state of infrastructure at CBU. There is money in this year’s budget for development of infrastructure at CBU, this is the money that we want Government to release,” Mr Chiluba said.
He accused boarding house owners of allegedly exploiting students.
“We are paying a lot of money per month to rent these boarding houses. They are charging students K700 per month, which is not good, where do we get this money? This is why we want Government to construct more hostels so that we can resolve this accommodation crisis at CBU once and for all,” Mr Chiluba said.
He said COBUSU president Kingsley Chinyama and academic secretary Muselo Mumba, who have embarked on a long walk to Lusaka to present their concerns to Government, left Ndola on Wednesday.
Efforts to get a comment from Dr Phiri proved futile by press time.
Zambia Daily Mail
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