The new caretaker committee will serve for the period until the substantive council of the University is appointed by his ministry in accordance with the Higher Education Act No 4 of 2013. This follows the expiry of the term of service of the University’s council. THE Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education has constituted a caretaker council of the University of Zambia (UNZA) to run the affairs of the institution until a permanent council is appointed.
Education Minister Michael L. Kaingu announced the development at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
Dr. Kaingu said the new caretaker committee will serve for the period until the substantive council of the University is appointed by his ministry in accordance with the Higher Education Act No 4 of 2013.
“In conformity with this provision in the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013, and in order to ensure the smooth operations of the university, I have appointed a caretaker committee for UNZA.
“Part V, Section 32 (2) of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 provides that the minister shall appoint a caretaker committee which shall exercise the powers, functions and duties of the council,” he explained.
This follows the expiry of the term of service of the University's council.
Those appointed to serve in the committee include Ministry of Education, Science, vocational Training and Early Education permanent secretary Patrick Nkanza, director of planning and development David Ndopu, director – human resources and administration Binwell Mwansa, director – standards and curriculum Cecilia Sakala and chief accountant Levy Mwanza.
Others to serve on the committee also include UNZA acting vice chancellor Enala Tembo-Mwase, UNZALARU president Euston Chiputa, University of Zambia Students Union president Martin Muyuya, Audrey Chinama Malama of Standard Chartered Bank and Namucana Musiwa from the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kaingu said his ministry has taken note of the concerns and issues that were discussed at the consultative meeting with the executive of UNZALARU on 11th August, 2015.
He explained that the meeting constituted an exchange of information and concerns were shared between the two and that both institutions agreed to work together, in a shared spirit of continuous consultation and dialogue, towards seeking solutions to the problems at the university.
And the Minister of Education applauded the Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU) leadership and members for the cooperation they exhibited during the recent discussions with the ministry.
“I also pay tribute to the Minister of Labour and Social Security; his team and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions for the vital support they provided to this process,” Dr. Kaingu lamented.