The Ministry of Higher Education has awarded Two Thousand One Hundred and 72 scholarships to first year students at the University of Zambia for the 2017-2018 academic calendar.
Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo says the Loans and Scholarships Board has awarded the scholarships out the Two Thousand Two Hundred and 33 students that applied.
Professor Luo explains that 62 applications were rejected because they did not meet the University requirements.
The Minister adds that Two Thousand Eight Hundred and 90 students have been awarded with scholarships at the Copperbelt University.
And Professor Luo says her Ministry has also requested for additional funding from the Ministry of Finance to cater for eligible students who were accepted at both CBU and UNZA.
She has also disclosed that the ministry has also awarded Four Thousand Six Hundred and 12 bursaries to first year students across the 24 TEVET institutions across the country.
Professor Luo was speaking during a media briefing at the Ministry of Higher Education headquarters in Lusaka this morning.
Meanwhile Professor Luo said the Higher Education Authority has been allocated enough funds to address the mushrooming of Universities providing substandard courses.
She said the Higher Education Authority will soon go on the ground and close any University that does not meet the standards of being a University in the country.