By Tinkerbel Mwila
Copperbelt University-Academic Union president Dr. Derrick Ntalasha says the continued go-slow by lecturers at the University and University of Zambia UNZA has the potential to downgrade the ratings of the two learning institutions globally.
Dr Ntalasha tells Phoenix News in Kitwe that during this period, learners at the two public universities are deprived of their right to education.
Dr Ntalasha feels going forward, government should consider partnering with the private sector in order to address the financial challenges that the two universities are facing.
His comment comes in the wake of a go-slow by lecturers at the two Universities over delayed February salaries.
Meanwhile, University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) have still not yet received their salaries despite being assured by management to be paid by Monday.
The workers who are on a sit-in protest for three weeks now have vowed to continue with the protest until their accounts are credited with their February salaries.
In an interview with Phoenix News, UNZALARU General Secretary Dr Kelvin Mambwe says for as far as the union is concerned, no lecturer has been paid and has expressed the union’s disappointment at both management and government’s fake promises over the matter.