The University of Zambia management in conjunction with the Student Union (UNZASU) will soon construct study shelters to help curb space challenges normally experienced by students during the examination period.
UNZASU Minister of Education and Academic affairs Wantula Simbaya said during the examination period the library does not accommodate every student hence management and the union have seen it fit to implement the project which was recently approved by the student council.
He said the shelters will enable the learners to hold both individual and group gatherings for their academic purposes.
Funds towards the project have already been allocated by the school management, as UNZASU, we only await the actualization which is hoped to be done as soon as possible,” Mr Simbaya said.
The minister alluded that this exercise is being conducted to avoid standing and sitting on the floor while students observe their studies which might be a health hazard.
He said the union will ensure that more study places for students to hold group discussions are put in place to create a conducive environment for studying within campus.
This project might take quite a longer time because many bodies are required to take part. However, the procurement, tender quotation and budgeting have already been done and the people working on the furniture are already doing their job,” he said.
Meanwhile, UNZA students have welcomed the move by management and their union school to create outdoor study places which will accommodate a lot of study groups.
A Second-year student from the Department of Environmental Education, Mukobe Mumba said the construction of study shelters is a good move as it is very advantageous for people who engage in interactive studies.
Furthermore, the school management is also embarking on setting up a canopy which will be part of the major school projects.The structure is set to be a shelter with tables and chairs in an open space situated at the surrounding areas of the main library.