The University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) says the institution has capacity to run the newly constructed Robert Kapasa Makasa University in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province.
Last week, government directed the University of Zambia to open Robert Kapasa Makasa University as soon as possible and run it.
UNZALARU president Euston Chiputa explained that UNZA will not run the new Robert Kapasa Makasa University as an affiliated university but as an extension.
ZANIS reports that Dr. Chiputa further explained that UNZA will do that by re-aligning and scaling up some of its academic programmes from the Schools of Education and Medicine.
He stated that currently, UNZA has got no required resources to run the new university as an affiliated university but will use the available resources to undertake its new responsibilities.
Dr. Chiputa was quick to allay fears by some quarters of society who doubted the capabilities of UNZA to undertake additional responsibilities of running another university due to its perennial problems.
He revealed that his union was of the view that government came up with a deliberate programme to allow the University of Zambia, the Copperbelt University and Mulungushi University train human resource to manage the new universities.
“Had our view then been given due attention, by now we would have human resource to run new universities that late President Michael Sata had in mind, “he said.
The UNZALARU president added that government will operationalize the new university almost immediately.
He pointed out that UNZA will run the Robert Kapasa Makasa University as part of UNZA by using available schools.
He said the Department of Education and Medicine may need to shift some of their programmes to the newly constructed university.
Dr. Chiputa said this will help Zambia to accelerate the training of health cadres and teachers that the two public universities, UNZA and Copperbelt University have been struggling to produce in numbers.