The University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) President Chandra Choongo has called on government and the University of Zambia (UNZA) management to allow Great East Road main campus library to operate 24 hours a day.
Mr. Chongo made this request to the Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane, Education Minister Douglas Syakalima and the institution’s Vice Chancellor Professor Annie Sikwibele during the student forum that was held at UNZA.
“We want the library to be in operation 24/7 so that students become intellectuals,” Mr. Choongo said.
Mr. Choongo urged government to provide more manpower for the library to enable students to study hard.
Meanwhile, Caleb Siandiza, a third-year student at UNZA, welcomed the call made by the union’s president to open the library for 24 hours daily throughout the week.
“The call is a step in the right direction as it would allow students to study overnight, and it is also beneficial because students will have more time to study,” Mr. Siandiza said.
Mr. Siandiza noted that having the library open for 24 hours everyday will encourage commitment among students and will yield good results.
And John Mwanza, another third year student at the institution, said that students will now have enough time to study, especially those with late classes if the suggestion is actualised.
“Opening the Library 24/7 will indeed enable us to become intellectuals,” Mr. Mwanza said.
The Students Forum was held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at the institution’s Training and Learning Centre One (TLC1) with the theme ‘Zambia’s restructured debt: Scope, Benefits and Expectations.’