Zambia Council for Social Development has demanded that the Ministry of Higher Education must re-screen the final selected list of students put on the bursary scheme.
A total of 2,009 students have been selected for the 2016/2017 bursary scheme.
Council Executive Secretary Lewis Mwape said this is to eliminate those children whose parents or relatives have used their positions to access facilities meant to benefit the poor and vulnerable households.
MINISTER of Higher Education Nkandu Luo said the bursary scheme had been used by some students as a survival strategy but that the ministry had constituted a team which screened each applicant.
Mr. Mwape claims that more than 60 percent of those who have been left out on scheme might be poor and vulnerable and may not afford to meet the cost of university education especially those coming from our rural areas and urban poor and vulnerable households.
About 4,411 students applied for sponsorship out of which 3,983 applicants were eligible for sponsorship. However, due to budgetary constraints, the ministry only picked a total of 2,009 students for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Mr. Mwape said that education is important for economic recovery and is also important for ending poverty and Inequality and as such government must heavily invest in present and future generations by ensuring that all eligible children for education bursaries/loans have access to the facility.
He has therefore, said that the government should have no excuse to fail to educate its citizens in the name of economic recovery measures.
Mr. Mwape pointed out here that all cost measures being undertaken must be for purpose of securing the future of our children regardless of the economic status of their parents/guardians.
In the meantime, Professor Luo is expected to meet the vice Chancellors from all the Universities to streamline the bursary awarding process.