Government must reopen closed universities – Lecturers

Lecturers at Zambia's Copperbelt University have demanded that the institution be reopened following its closure earlier this month after students went on the rampage, protesting against non-payment of food and book allowances, reports News24.

According to The Post, the lecturers slammed the ruling Patriotic Front, or PF, government for its failure to tackle issues affecting the students. The Southern African country's two top universities, the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University, were shut down in early February due to intensified rioting by students.

The PF, however, maintained that the two institutions were shut down due to students' criminal behaviour. While addressing Zambians living in Italy last weekend, President Edgar Lungu said government would keep the institutions closed until the students learnt a lesson "of being appreciative of their privilege".
Full report on the News24 site