Government plans to create 23,000 bed spaces at public varsities

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Government is considering constructing hostels with a total capacity of 23,000 bed spaces at public universities in the country.

Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, John Phiri, revealed that plans were underway to construct hostels at the public universities this year to address the accommodation problems they were facing.

Dr. Phiri told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that his ministry was working with the Ministry of Finance under the private public partnership (PPP) arrangement and the process was moving on well.

He said government was working at modalities to create 10,000 bed spaces at the University of Zambia (UNZA), 8,000 at Copperbelt University (CBU) and about 5,000 at the Mulungushi University.

On Sunday, University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) saluted government for the hostel rehabilitation exercise at the highest institution of learning in Zambia.

UNZASU Publicity and Information Secretary Thelma Zimba has however urged government to complete the CoJA project which was abandoned in 2008 when Zambia rescinded its decision to host the 2011 All Africa games.

Ms. Zimba also said finishing the project would create more than 600 bed spaces at UNZA where accommodation is a serious challenge.

UNZA has over 6,000 students in campus but there are only 3,000 bed spaces.