The University of Zambia is the nation’s premier institution of higher learning mandated with the responsibility to develop trained human resources for the country. To effectively execute this noble mandate, huge resources in form of finances, human resources and infrastructure are required. Moreover, robust learning support services and conducive learning environment require adequate funding levels.

After a systematic and careful analysis of the cost structure associated with services rendered to students, Management has decided to adjust various fees upwards as indicated below:

1.0    USER FEES


Following a careful market analysis of accommodation fees in other public universities and colleges coupled with the increases in costs for essential services such as electricity, water and sanitation, a decision was made to charge reasonable fees for accommodation offered at both the Ridgeway and Great East Road campuses.
The new fees would ensure that the University meets the cost of electricity, water and sanitation, solid waste management, cleaning and maintenance services. For the fees to be cost effective, Management has increased the hostel fees from K1,200.00 to K3,900.00 per student per. This translates into an increment from K100 per month to K325 per month. With this increment, the University still remains one of the lowest charging university on accommodation.


The University of Zambia receives 6,900 megabits per second (Mbps) per year of bandwidth for internet from Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN) at a cost K7,176,000.00. Currently, over 43% of the 6,900 Mbps is consumed by students. This percentage costs the University K3,120,000.00 per year while the contribution from students is only K888,022.00. This means that the University has been subsidising students’ internet usage by K2,223,000.00. This situation is not sustainable. Therefore, Management has increased internet fees from K55 to K194 per year (for full-time students) and from K27 to K95 per annum (distance students).


Students at the University are involved in various sporting and recreational activities during each academic year. However, the sports and recreation fee of K65 per year a student pays has not been increased for 10 years now despites increases in other associated fees. It has also been noted that the student allowance fee per day when they undertake sports and recreation trips is K60 and this allowance has been like this for the last 10 years. Following a comparative analysis of fees with other public universities and colleges, Management has adjusted the sports and recreation fees from K65 to K150 per year.


The cost of conducting examination has steadily gone up due to increased number of students and degree programmes. Moreover, the University conducts Mid-Year Examinations due to a number of half courses beside the End-of-Year Examinations. This means that the University holds double sessions of examinations each academic year. Additionally, the University has to meet the cost of external examiners and printing of examination booklets. So, a careful investigation into the cost of conducting examinations has revealed that the actual cost per student is K67 per course. To this effect, Management has decided to increase the examination fees from K100 per year to K50 per course.


Management of the University of Zambia has noticed with great concern that over the years, most riots are organised in the exclusive male students’ residence, mainly referred to as Ruins. Further, the behaviour of the male exclusive residents tend to be hostile towards female members of the public who included students, staff and visitors of the University. To moderate this unfriendly behaviour, Management has decided to give the front hostels of International, President, Kwacha and Africa to female students on the swap basis. This means that all male students who were accommodated in the earmarked hostels would be taken to New Residence hostels to occupy rooms left by female students who will be taken to Old Residence hostels. It should be emphasised here that no student involved in this re-arrangement would lose his/her accommodation.

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Damaseke Chibale
Manager, Public Relations