STATE INTERVENES IN CBU STUDENTS’ SURCHARGE

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By JOSSY CHAIMA

COPPERBELT University has reduced surcharges for all returning general students from K1,500 to K150 while those on suspension will pay K1,000 and those previously expelled but were put on one year suspension will pay K1, 500  following an intervention from the government.

All students must pay  fees  before reporting back to the university.

CBU Vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma made the announcement after a meeting with new Minister of Higher Education Brian Mushimba yesterday.

Professor Ngoma said students who were placed on suspension will pay K1,000 while those that were previously expelled but were put on one year suspension will pay K1500 upon return.

“Following the discussion with management and government, we have agreed that the general student body be surcharged only K150.

We believe the repairs plus a penalty must be placed, ” he said .

He said management listened to the concerns of the public  carefully and agreed that it was important to accept certain fundamentals adding that the vast majority of students were not directly involved in the fracas which caused damage and subsequently led to the closure of the university.

And Mr Mushimba said Government understood that some students were vulnerable and therefore saw it fit to engage University management on the possible reduction of the surcharges.

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