Students at the University of Zambia have bemoaned the late delivery of the laptops by Mecer Zambia after having the money debited from their meal and book allowance. Students at the University of Zambia have bemoaned the late delivery of the laptops by Mecer Zambia after having the money debited from their meal and book allowance.
But Mecer Zambia has clarified that the delay had come about because the agreement was for the laptops to be delivered to registered students by Mecer within ten working days of receipt of the compiled and screened list by the Bursaries Committee.
Speaking to the Lusaka Star News,Mecer Zambia Managing Director Patrick Simuchimba explained that the laptops would be delivered to the students after the completion of registration and screening of the students by the bursaries committee.
He indicated that the registration and screening was completed on Tuesday 12th of November 2013 and the compiled list was received by Mecer on Thursday 14th November 2013.
Mr. Simuchimba further said that Mecer would deliver the laptops to students within ten working days from Thursday 14th November 2013.
However, some students spoken to expressed worry at the delay as it was incoviniencing to them.
A first year student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Memory Banda who was one of the students that registered for the scheme complained of the delay in supplying the laptops.
Ms. Banda further said the laptops where needed urgently as assignments were now due stating that it was inconveniencing to use other peoples computers.
And University of Zambia Student Union (UNZASU) business affairs secretary Peter Chikubula urged students not to worry as the distribution of laptops to deserving students was scheduled to begin on Thursday 28th November 2013 to Saturday 30th November 2013.
He urged all the students that registered to receive laptops under the scheme to go to the Mecer desk at the sports hall from Thursday 28th November 2013 to Saturday 30th November 2013 for collection of their laptops.
Mecer Zambia has recorded a total of 2200 students under the laptop scheme.