Lusaka, August 12, 2014, ZANIS —- Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hilary Chipango says a total of 1,055 Zambian students are currently being supported at various universities abroad.
Mr. Chipango said government remains indebted to the generosity and hopitality of the people and governments of those respective countries.
He said out of the 1,055 students studying abroad, 136 students were expected to graduate from Algeria, China, Cuba, Russia Federation and Tunisia by the end of August 2014 and return home.
Mr. Chipango said currently 178 Zambians are pursuing undergraduate and Post graduate studies in ALGERIA, 140 in China, 38 in Cuba, 12 in Cyprus, 15 in India, 493 IN Russia and 78 in Turkey among other countries.
The ministry’s spokesperson said this in a statement released in Lusaka, today.
All the scholarships are availed to Zambia are advertised in the daily papers and the applicants are interviewed and selected by a panel adding that the procedures are reviewed to make them more transparent and accountable.
He said as a ministry they acknowledge the outstanding performance of the majority of the students abroad as they are competing favorably with other nationals.
Mr. Chipanga has however warned all students abroad to desist from irresponsible acts which impact negatively on the image of Zambia.
He said the bursaries Committee has been directed to withdraw sponsorship at the slightest hint of misbehavior of any Zambian student abroad.
Mr. Chipango has also urged the students taking up scholarships this year to be exemplary in their studies and endeavor at all times and be ambassadors of Zambia by flying the Zambian flag high.