Govt to revisit UNZA bursaries provisional list

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jpmanEducation Minister John Phiri says his ministry will revisit the provisional list of students at the University of Zambia who have been awarded bursaries with a view of adding more students to the list. Responding to a question in Parliament today by Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa who wanted to know why government has only provided bursaries to 2,000 first year students of the 6,000 who have been admitted to the institution for the 2014/2015 academic year, Dr Phiri said this does not mean all the students will be consider for bursaries. Dr Phiri has appealed to first year students to stay calm and wait for the final list of recipients of bursaries which is likely to be released next week. Dr Phiri says the annual allocation to the ministry of education for the execution of the bursaries programme is insufficient. He explains that government spends K25,833 per year for each bursary sponsored student, and that if government was to sponsor all the 6,000 first year students for the 2014/2015 academic year it would require over K154 million, which far outstrips the amount available in the 2014 budget for the ministry for bursaries for both UNZA and CBU. Dr Phiri adds that the 2014 budget did not envisage an increase in the number of first year students to be sponsored from 2,600 to 6,000 arising mainly from the introduction of new programmes at the University of Zambia.