Reconsider bursary decision, HH tells government

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has called on the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education to rescind its decision to deny over 4,000 first year University of Zambia students a bursary scheme.

Mr. Hichilema said it would be wrong to throw away such a large number of students into the streets simply because they cannot afford to pay university fees which their parents cannot afford.

He said this today during a programme on Millennium radio.

He said education for all was one important right thing which one should not be denied on the basis of being vulnerable or poor.

The UPND leader urged the ministry to reconsider its decision so that those over 4,000 first year students can also be considered for the bursary scheme being offered by government.

Mr. Hichilema noted that most students, who have failed to access the bursary scheme to study at UNZA, come from poor families.

He added that these are students who are brilliant but will not access their education because of their economic status, a thing he said was wrong.