The Beginning and the End

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In the beginning was the word, the word was with our parents and the word was finalized by our parents.

The word was a mix between a command to do further studies, to study at the highest learning institution, and to get a paper so that you have a standing in the society.

As you may already realise by now, this decision was already made for us. What was left was for us to sign the papers and hand in the application form. To many the opinion of University is considered overrated. We ask, “Who needs school anyway these days?”

A recent graduate from the University of Zambia who studied Natural Resource Management but has since branched out into the media fraternity shared his sentiments on University in an interview.

“Fortunately for this current generation, parents are not bent on driving their children to the three mandated careers in society. It was engineering, medicine or law. We live in a time where accountants, journalists, sports personnel and entrepreneurs are able to thrive,” Lizu Chinyama said.

In the beginning of University, it is a time of general excitement for most “freshers.” This word is chanted and taunted out to them throughout their first semester. Rumor has it they are called this because they look fresh. They normally wear nice clean clothes as they are conscious about their sense of fashion and they carry around a large backpack to every class.

“It’s a bit degrading but after a while, you realize that it’s kind of a “right of passage”. Every first year goes through it,” first year Humanities student, Wana Kambita said.

Each year becomes more taxing, starting with academically, financially, fashionably and even socially.

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Engineering student, William Manela, contemplating his life while being cuffed to his books. Image by: Kalichi Pictures 

“It reaches a point where you have no option but to be chained to your books. There’s no other option at that point. You try to give yourself hope by looking for light at the end of the tunnel but each tunnel comes with a closure. That means more time in the cage,” Third year engineering student William Manela said.

 

However, like science, the theory must be concluded. Like mathematics, the equation must be solved. Like journalism, the story must be told and published. Like business, the client must be satisfied. That is why all bad (and good) things must come to an end.

Even University comes to an end. The excitement builds up once again as the final lap is run and the light at the end of the tunnel shines brighter.

“It is an amazing feeling to get there and feel like finally I am going to be done with all of this! The graduation is stressful because there’s still so much paper work that needs to be done but it is exhilarating to be in that gown and feel the freedom that it gives you,” Gloria Mushinda said.

Paradoxical how an item of clothing that belongs to the cage you were forced to be in for 4-7 years, could be the very definition of freedom.

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Graduating student, Elida Chichoni, overflowing with joy in graduation gown. Image by: Kalichi Pictures

Therefore although the beginning seems mysterious and miserable, in the end there is excitement, but more responsibilities, more stress and less free time than anticipated. Regardless, it’s important to look out for the beauty of this life. It undoubtedly comes with experiences to last you a life time.

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References:

Lizu Chinyama: CEO Kalichi Pictures graduate from University of Zambia 2017.

Gloria Mushinda: supervisor at Dreams International, graduate University of Zambia 2017.

William Manela: 3rd year Civil Engineering, University of Zambia.

Wana Kambita: 1st year Sociology with Education, University of Zambia new student 2018.

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Layout: Chishimba Bwalya

Writer: Chipema Chinyama

Editors: Chanda Chanda and Peter Mwanza

Photographer: Chipema Chinyama

Sources: Chipema Chinyama

 

 

 

 

 

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IS IT EQUALITY OR EQUITY ENROLLMENT AT UNZA?

Over half of the Zambian population is filled with young people, the majority of these people yearn to go to University after they complete their secondary school education and not just any University but the highest learning institution of Zambia, The University of Zambia (UNZA).

UNZA being the biggest and highest learning institution in Zambia, enrolls a lot of students who are eligible and wish to pursue different programs at the institution regardless of sex, age, race, beliefs among other things.

From the time the institution was established in 1966 with a total number of 312 students, it now has over 30,000 students including parallel and distance programmes.

In recent years the University has encouraged women to enroll in the University and it has put up some policies to encourage them enroll more especially in schools of natural science, mining and engineering as the schools lack female representations.

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Family of ladies look on at female graduate with pride. Image by Kalichu Pictures

For the past three years, UNZA has consistently been increasing the number of enrolled students especially the number of female student every academic year. In 2015/2016 intake it enrolled a total number of 4,605 students whereas 1,962 female students and 2,643 male students.

In the 2016/2017 intake the institution enrolled 2,053 female students and 3,043 male students which led to a total of 5,096 students. And in the 2017/2018 intake, 5,351 students were enrolled and 2,310 were females and 3,041 males. It continues to minimize the margin between males and females.

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  • Statistics showing the enrollment of students for the 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018:

UNZA public relations officer Mr. Damaseke Chibale said the institution has a deliberate policy of admitting 30 percent of female applicants while 70 percent is completed for both females and males as such females should strive to study in schools such as mining, veterinary medicines and available sciences.

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3rd year female engineering Student Natasha poses in University Engineering Union. Image by Kalichi Pictures 

Meanwhile Mabanga Mwanza a third year Business Administration student complained about the institution’s failure to consider where the students they enroll will be accommodated since they increase the number of students admitted every year, and also how inadequate the lecture theatres are.

“UNZA management should be applauded for putting up such policies to encourage and create more access for us female students, however, the institution should consider accommodation for both male and female especially those from far places,” She said.

On the other hand the UNZA vice chancellor, Prof Luke Mumba said we have witnessed applicants with 5 to 6 points- both female and male applicants. This situation has compelled the University senate to set higher admission points in order to admit a limited number of students that its infrastructure for teaching and learning can accommodate.

This is evident to that the University is trying hard to enroll more female students to reach the same ratio as male students in enrolled.

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Prof. Luke Mumba- University of Zambia Vice Chancellor

Mabanga Mwanza – third year Buisness Administration Student

Damasake Chibale – Public Relations UNZA

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Writer – Chanda Chanda

Editor – Chishimba Bwalya

Sources – Peter Mwanza and James Sakala and Chinyemba Kamweho

Layout – Chipema Chinyama

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THE EVER RISING VARSITY FEES

It is sometimes merely an act of faith that a good number of students practice when they pack their bags from home to campus to acquire or indeed add on their academics with just a few resources for their immediate needs such as groceries, food stuffs among others while others effortlessly wait on the government to resolve their tuition fee without really confirming if it has done so provided their accounts do not appear to bother them. They also confidently wait for other allowances to follow.

This, however, is not the case with other students who were not privileged

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Student eagerly collecting money from a digital service provider in order to pay fees before examinations begin. Image by Kalichi Pictures

to be funded by the government, have to deal eye to eye with the institution and risk not being registered and consequently not sitting for their examinations.

Ideally, at the country’s highest learning institution-The University of Zambia (UNZA), tuition fees were designed to be reducing as a student went up the ladder but, ironically,the opposite is the new trend.

In as much as it can be noted that students are to pay the same amount of tuition fees they paid in their first year of study till the last, they still succumb to the other increments from the ‘other fees’ which keep increasing every academic year. This has not been the case before as students could be exempted from certain charges from second year to beyond. The other annually compulsive fees have been increased by over 100% such as the internet which was at K55.00 in the 2016/2017 academic year, has increased to K 194.00 in the 2017/2018 academic year. Sports and Recreation have increased from K65.00 to K150.00; examination fees from K100.00 per to K50.00 per course in the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic years respectively.

The other fee which has been increased by over 100 % is the accommodation fee which was K1,200.00 and now at K3,900.00 translating into a K100 per month to a K325 per month, indicating a 225% raise.

Notably, the tuition fees have been increasing by 10% annually with the first years of the 2017/2018 academic year paying K23, 462.00, the Second years; K21,329, whilst those in third year pay K19,390 and the fourth years K17,627.00 for all art based programmes.

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Media and Communications student using alternative internet due to increase in University internet fee. Image by Kalichi Pictures

Meanwhile, their science based counterparts pay K28, 980.00, K26, 345.00, K23,950.00, K21,774.00 and K19,795.00 per year from the first to fifth year students in the 2017/2018 academic year respectively.

Additionally, those from the the School of Medicine are charged K28,980.00 for the second years, K26,345.00 third years and K23,950.00 for the fourth years per year.

Other fees are; K21,774.00, K19, 795.00 and K17,995 per year for fifth, sixth and seventh year students, in that order.

Nonetheless, students are allowed to pay 37.5 percent of the first installment, 25 of the second and the third and 12.5 percent of the last, of the tuition fees.

A fourth year student,from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Michael Musakalu, who is on self-sponsorship, expresses worry over the UNZA fees ranging from tuition fees, which he feels are the most painful to other user fees which he terms ‘exorbitant’. He notes that students come from different families with different backgrounds.

“What you might consider cheap or fair, might be considered nearly impossible for me to acquire,you get?” he says,”others might be a phone call away to millions whilst others have to feel the sweat completely to gather a few coins.”

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A parent sending money to University student using the cheapest mode of cash transfer, Swift Cash, so that student can pay fees. Image by Kalichi Pictures

Musakalu also urges the institution to be more considerate when with regards to writing exams, to allow students to sit for them [the exams] and not have their results withheld.

He adds that it becomes quite disturbing to hear management announce that students who are still owing the institution shall not sit for their examinations, after an entire year of preparation.

However, UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Luke Mumba said he feels disheartened to see students being chased away from writing exams due to non payment of tuition fees.

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Students exiting and entering University library in preparation for oncoming exams. Image by Kalichi Pictures

“I know it is ironic that its me saying this when I am the one who always says,’if you have not paid, you won’t write exams’,” he said.

Prof. Mumba added that he only does that because he has an institution to run and for him to do so, money is needed.

He also expressed sadness that thousands of students are refrained from sitting for examinations every year due to non-payment of tuition fees.

Prof. Mumba was speaking during the University Christian Community(UCC) interdenominational service, where he was invited as guest of honour.

Despite all these annual increments, one question still remains unanswered, “Why do fees keep increasing every year…yet nothing seems to be changing?”

This question can only be answered by assumptions and speculations, but even these may never be enough to ascertain the true picture and provide the answer.

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Article idealised and written by: Midia Zulu

Edited by: Chishimba Bwalya and James Sakala

Data Collection: Chanda Chanda and Chinyemba Kamweho

Outline and Photography: Chipema Chinyama

Proof Reading: Peter Mwanza

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Professor Luke Mumba – Vice Chancellor University of Zambia

Michael Musakalu – 4th year humanities student

*All statistics were collected from the University Annual Reports*

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Students vs Government (Part 2)

“Riot has never worked on our side, if you can recall well, most riots have resulted into some students being expelled from the University and some being removed from government sponsorship, “exclaimed ZANASU President.
Speaking in parliament, Bahati Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo asked the minister of higher education as to why such a population could be left without representatives, to speak both for the government and students.
“They have no mouthpiece to and from the government to give them tangible information. How can you ban the Students Union and expect students to behave?” said Nkombo
Riots started a long time ago and they are part of the well-meaning society and higher learning institutions both local and international either with or without representatives.
Of course it can be concluded that expectations did not go as planned because the act resulted to the death of fellow student a situation deemed as “stronger than a storm”
The most bizarre scenarios of that kind, the loss of a young and vibrant innocent soul, (Vespers Shimuzhila) a fourth year student in School of Education.

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Vespers Shimuzhila posing in University Campus room hours before her fateful death. Image by Vespers(Facebook)

The loss of the young woman caused her parents pain after high expectations from their child who was just three months way from long waited moments of graduation for nothing.

Some elderly people say “whoever educates a female child has educated a country” meaning Education is the key for women to achieve economic independence. Although women in the majority of countries have the right to an education, equal access to education for women remains a problem.
In developing and developed countries alike, millions of women do not finish school because they are forced (by their society, by their circumstances or by the threat of violence) to focus on household, caregiving and child-rearing responsibilities.
It was indeed “student-government” war because the reasons for the October five death and fire seem conflicting as to whether it was an electric fault or police teargas cansters.
This gave restless mood to the student populace; it was UNZA dark days and unforseen moments.

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Family members and students mourn at Seventh Day Adventist Church Lusaka before Vespers body is carried to Namwala. Image by Lusaka Times

“We can’t say its electric fault that caused the death of that student, it is the police themselves who should be responsible for the loss because there were teargas canisters in both rooms where vespers was and those ones that gutted fire and I can’t say that it coincidentally happened.how can two separate rooms catch fire at once and another student dying at the same time,” said Mr. Bwalya; a Lusaka based parent.

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University of Zambia October hostel room on fire admits riots. Image by Chishimba Bwalya

‘This is a peculiar case where the complainant is the state, the investigator is the state police, and the pimary suspect is the police.’
This can be seen before, during and after the burial, the police refused to avail any copy of the report to the family. Their fear was that the document may not be secured and if it leaked, it would jeopardize the investigation. The family insisted on even just having sight of the document to compare with what was observed during the autopsy. This, the police also denied the family.
“We do appreciate that this may be standard police procedure, but we are worried as a family. This is a peculiar case where the complainant is the state, the investigator is the state police, and the prime suspect is the police,” said Mr. Shimuzhila.
Moreover, there is no statement from the police as to who was in charge of the operation and what the orders were.
Amidst silence from the police, a number of people have continued to issue statements and opinions on this sorrowful case. A few comments have been sympathetic to the family, the student populace and others affected by this death. Other statements have been very painful to the family as they paint Vespers as a political agent. Others suggesting that she was involved in clandestine activities. There is no truth to all these statements. The police have not issued any warning to stop such statements. The family is still mourning in pain.
One can tell that investigations will not bare any fruits because the conflict of interest has engulfed the justice of the issue.

 


United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) president Charles Banda said Vespers death has nothing to do with politics but has everything to do with the police and those in charge of releasing student’s allowances on time.
UPPZ President added that the role of the police is not to kill people but to protect them in the case of students; police should take them out of the streets to the hostiles not vice versa.
But this day police allegedly followed students to their hostels few hours after the protest and fired some teargases.

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Written by: James Sakala

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The Student vs The Government =?? (PART 1)

It is a Friday morning at the University of Zambia. Everything is quiet and usual. Students wake up; go for class with cheerful smiles knowing the weekend has started. There is something with Fridays on every campus. It comes with the full promise of the urban life that let the young ones explore every nook of the city.

Everyone is excited about this day. For every student with a Christian taste of morals, it is the day they get to sit and watch movies, grab some tasty food or lazy around with their loved ones. No matter what you do, the feeling is the same; Intrinsic, exciting, jovial.

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Two students smiling into the weekend after a full week of class. Image by Kalichi Pictures.

The University which has a term system with three months in each term has on its side the government to pay students meal allowances at the beginning of each term. This is not however a “favor” from the government as meal allowances are raised from tax payers money. The money given to students is always budgeted for annually by the rulers of the nation.

When students open, meal allowances are to be credited. However, the yawning gap between the government and the students starts when a month has passed without formal communication from the regime. When that carrot turns out to be a rotten promise, then there is nothing but anger in students. Now, a once peaceful Friday starts turning out sour as mobs gather to have a peaceful protest.

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Students gather together at Monk’s Square to prepare to protest. Image by Lusaka Times

Protests which turn out to be riots are neither irrational, spontaneous outbursts nor the secret workings of some conspiracy or other. They are rather, the working out of an inner circle of campus life. That tension is usually finessed through the fine idea that if everyone comes together, all will be well.

Riots have their own logic. Both those that celebrate and decry them tend to think of riots as irrational outbursts, which can be channeled back towards order either by offering a few concessions or by sending in more police. There is invariably some moralizing that goes along with all this, none of it terribly helpful for understanding why riots are a constant way of expressing views with the government.

To suggest that UNZA students are crude and stupid to riot merely because of late payment of meal allowances would be deeply insulting. What I would submit is that the true cause of these riots is something much deeper and more reflective of the dysfunctional relationship between the government and the students.

“It has much more to do with the fact that for some years, government had proved to be a failure at holding the other end of the bargain; to communicate effectively with the students. Government has been overshadowed with culture of leaders who promise gold and instead deliver zinc,” said a former UNZASU President.

It usually takes an incident to get a riot started. But once it has begun, riots do have a life of their own. Deep-seated resentments, repetitive frustrations and long standing disappointments galvanize people into action.

Speaking to a fourth year student pursuing a degree in law, Richard Sakala* said he participated in riots in trying to send a message to the government which fails to be sent through normal dialogue.

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President Edgar Lungu addressing riotous behaviour of University of Zambia Students to press before boarding the plane to Uganda. Image by ZNBC

“Whenever we riot, government always pays us. We have tried in the past to formally ask government to pay us on time but to no avail,” he said.

“Government has always proved futile to pay us on time,” said David Tembo* of the School of Education ,“Most of us come from poor families and we survive only through the meal allowances,” he stated.

Meanwhile, getting views from a non-student, a civil servant Michael Mulenga* as to what he thought the causes of riots would be, he merely expressed that riots at UNZA were politically motivated.

“Opposition parties pay students to riot so as to make it seem like government is not working,” he said.

Another civil servant Catherine Mumbi* stated that students ought to be thankful to government as they were doing them a favor to pay them free meal allowances.

“Students should be grateful for the government for the money. Other students from colleges are not getting meal allowances and you want to riot all the time for things you are not entitled to,” she said.

For some years, some citizens and the government have chosen to put the blame on the “OPPOSITION PARTIES.” Could this be used as an escape excuse for government’s failure to deliver service?

It’s no surprise that established authorities, feeling attacked; see the violent behavior of students in such terms. They react by becoming dismissive and punitive. And often there is an element of truth in these riots. Truly no one wakes up to start a fire at the road side.

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A student being handled by an officer of the law during a protest. Image by Tumfweko

Speaking to a psychologist at the University of Zambia, Professor Daniel Phiri*, he stated that for most students, mob provides cover, an anonymity that makes it easier to overcome ones usual reticence or moral scruples.

“It can become an exuberant experience, a joyful release for long suppressed emotions. It can also be a manic, driven, a means of relentless seeking new outlets of doing things. It offers a kind of intense belonging together in fighting for noble cause,” he said.

This is not however to justify the behavior of riots, but to recognize that we all can so easily make a difference. Riots do not rely on criminality as those in power put it. Thinking that way though can distract us from the underlying conditions that give rise to such events.

Riots can be appeals to be heard, when normal channels don’t work. They can be expressions of hope that things could change, be better. And they could all be these things- and more.

To be continued…!

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NB: * We have kept the profiles and names of the individuals in this article private for confidentiality and protection rights.

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Writer – Peter Mwanza

Layout – Chipema Chinyama

Editor: Chinyemba Kamweho

Photographs – Chishimba Bwalya and Chanda Chanda

Source: James Sakala

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THE UNIVERSITY; A MULTITUDE OF CHARACTERS

It goes with effortless assumption that every parent, guardian and family at large are joyful to see their child be admitted to university. With many, thinking of the routine life of starting your day in preparation for class, tutorials, labs and end up in the library with only a few breaks for meals and other naturals causes.

This, is however not the exact picture when one ‘hits’ campus, despite all the above being day to day activities- everyone has a life after their books are closed!

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University students leaving a casual study session at the Goma Lakes. Image by UNZA reports

With various characters ranging from the religious, the love birds, the ‘strong-bottle’ enthusiasts among others and it takes one to identify their interests to join any of them.

It was interesting to get a few views of these people from their various intra-university social groupings at Zambia’s highest learning institution- The University of Zambia (UNZA) and being exposed to such jargon as Unza-Dizzy, Mojo, Unza-Church among others, to represent; the heavy alcohol partakers, the dating (males students) and the prayer warriors respectively.

Everisto Samilimo, a 3rd year student from the School of Mines, a member of UNZA CHURCH says he decided to join this particular group as it is where the Lord had sent him to serve him.

“In life, you need to have a purpose…when you have a purpose, you are able to know which group to belong to…that is why I found myself in this society,” he says.

When asked what his thoughts are about those who are not from what he terms society, Samilimo says they are missing a lot. “If what you are doing is not meant to please God, then it is not worth it,” he adds.

Samilimo notes that people can do these other activities but, encourages those from the other groupings that are not Christian to shift camp to his.

UNZA-DIZZY on the other hand also gives his own side of his belonging. Joseph Mwandya (pseudonym) a 3rd year student from the School of Education says drinking is his only way of recreation.

“Whenever I am done with my day-to-day activities as a student, I usually run out of what next to do and sleeping is never the plan for me,” he says.

He says he usually finds good company at the various drinking places he patronizes.

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Group of University Students getting intoxicated at the University centre. Image by UNZA Reports.

When asked why he does not consider finding a female colleague to keep him company, especially considering the fact that UNZA is a ‘brewery’ of them, Mwandya says he is better off being the way he is adding that having a girlfriend is an extra cost.

“I am just on BC [Government sponsorship], and most of them are…but they would expect yours be spent on them…we see these things,” he says.

Mwandya, adds that when his broke, a few friends can still get him drinks something he claims is nearly impossible with him having a girlfriend.

On the other hand, those taken by skirts; the Mojos where not left out without sharing their own character as Enock Sakala, a second year student of Media and Communication Studies narrates that after having a long day dealing with the everyday academic involvements, his best relief is going to see his girlfriend.

“It feels entirely away from school whenever I go to see my moma after a long busy day,” he says.

Sakala adds that there different ways people deal with stress and that being a mojo is what works best for him.

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Two Students blissfully “mojokaling” on the school grounds after a day of back to back classes. Image by UNZA Reports.

“Others go drinking…others read novels, some sleep and they mind their own businesses that way, it is a free world,” he observes.

University is usually a busy place with many people moving in their own directions and in their silence no one  would tell what runs in the heads of each of them-University, is really indeed a multitude of characters.

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Everisto Samilimo –  3rd year student from the School of Mines, University of

Enock Sakala –  2nd year student of Media and Communication Studies, University of Zambia

*NB* Other names in this article have been omitted for the purposes of privacy.

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Writer – Chinyemba Kamweho

Photographer – Chanda Chanda

Editor: Peter Mwanza and Chishimba Bwalya

Source: James Sakala

Layout: Chipema Chinyama

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT

It is 7 o’clock in the morning in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. Cars are rushing and flogged with people rushing for an early day at work through the Great East Road. A ride towards Chelstone takes you passed the University of Zambia, the country’s highest institution of learning. From the outside, the university looks like a quiet place, with birds and vegetation decorating the scenery.

But from the inside, it is a whole different world, with speed and traffic jams of people almost similar to what Great East Road can provide. There is an influx of students from all directions, all looking to be in their own kind of busy. Lectures, “Due dates and times”, and all kinds of schedules seemingly on the student’s mind.

But then again, looking at the students from appearance sometimes cannot tell the true story of what goes on in their minds on a busy day. Most of them attribute this rush to a number of things.

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Students leaving class heading back to hostels in continuum with the class cycle for the day. Image by Chishimba Bwalya

A chat with Farai Mirriam Chibalumuna, a fourth year student of Media and Communication Studies under the School of Humanities reveals a new set of truths on what goes about the day of a student on campus.

My busiest day in school is Wednesday, I have to get up as early as 5 a.m just so I could have something to eat before I leave the room…And this is so because I never get back to my room till 18 or later… So I leave at around 08:00hrs so that I ensure people that are supposed to work at the Radio Station make it on time and do the work in time… The pressure is real my guy… I have to be in two places at the same time and so most of the time I switch (that is class and the radio station every after sometime) around 9 a.m I having a class. Which is a must attend by the way…With the countless class groups I am involved in… Awe sure it is sad… I actually relate to the meme going round ati “Next week has been exhausting.” You know, you actually get exhausted before the week even approaches … By Monday I am already stressing on how I am going to manage my Wednesday…

From her explanation, it is evident that in Mirriam’s head, it is as though her busiest day is likened to a continent in a different planet with its own demands and pressures.

Speaking of pressure, a number of students on campus sometimes tend to attribute their ups and downs to the academic demands that are required of them by the lecturers. With some even going as far as saying the pressures they face cannot be compared to that of a worker.

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An engineering student, working tirelessly to finish assignments. Image by Kalichi Pictures

Siaampa Sihulumi (Siaampa K Sihuz), a third year student in the School of Engineering is of the view that the assignments and lecturer’s demands can put immense pressure on the life of a student.

Sometimes I think our pressure is similar to those who work, though for us it gets worse because unlike the workers or civil servants who have the freedom to leave work behind and go home, we sometimes carry that work to our rooms and hence the pressure continues. It’s a bit terrible in school… workers out there have the freedom to be negligent without them directly paying the price. But the student pays the price directly through loss of marks.

Married to all this pressure is the aspect of time, with the student it is always about beating deadlines and justifying the adage that “Time wasted is never recovered”.

For James, Sinonge and Abraham, first year students on campus, time is always a telling factor in why students are always in the rush. For them, their view is that there is not much time to meet all their targets and also it is also about knowing what is more of a priority than the other.

However Nkuza Siame Katambalile is of the view that time inside and outside class is different. He adds that while in class time seems really slow as compared to outside class where time seems to revert to normal.

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The “hallway of destiny” in the early hours of the morning that students have to frequent every now and then. Image by Chishimba Bwalya

Mirriam, and similar stories of many other guys cited in this article are just a snippet of what goes about a day in the life of serious student on campus. This is usually a day to day activity from the day of enrollment up until the last day of exams after completing the course. To the outside world this may not even reflect but A day in the life of a student can indeed be continent on another planet.!!!

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Farai Mirriam Chibalumuna – 4th year student working part time at UNZA Radio, 91.7fm

Siaampe Sihulumi – 3rd year engineering student at the University of

 

Nkuza Siame Katambalile – 3rd year Public Administration Student at the University of Zambia

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Writer: Chishimba Bwalya

Editor: James Sakala

Photographer : Chishimba Bwalya and Peter Mwanza

Sources: Chanda Chanda

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