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Africa:Zambia Open University hikes fees

Zambia Open UniversityThe Zambia Open University (ZAOU) has increased its tuition and related fees by 25 per cent effective January 28, 2013. ZAOU public relations manager Mulife Malambo said in a statement that despite the increase, the fees were still low compared to those charged by other universities in the country.

Mr Malambo said the increament in fees had been necessitated by the need to cushion the cost of producing a graduate which had gone up since the last increament. He said the university wanted all fees to be paid four weeks before the start of examinations in each semester. Both first year and returning students would now be paying an average of K9.3 million when all costs added together.

And the African Union (AU) has urged its member states to support private universities because of the role they play in the advancement of higher education on the continent.

AU head of the education division Beatrice Njenga said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday that most public universities in Africa only enrolled a limited number of high school leavers hence the need to support private universities which were helping to fill the vacuum.

According to a statement released by first secretary for press at the Zambian embassy in Addis Ababa Dorcas Chileshe, Dr Njenga said African governments should not view private universities as competitors but as partners in the development of higher education on the continent.

She was speaking at the on-going 10th Annual Conference on Private Higher Education organised by the AU and the Association of African Universities (AAU) under the theme, “the role of private universities in higher education in Africa.”

And Evelyn Hone College Lecturer Velenasi Munsanje appealed to the Government to consider awarding bursaries to students of both public and private higher learning institutions.

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