Lusaka ~ Wed, 13 Oct 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

President Hakainde Hichilema has said he did not over-promise during his campaigns and has remained optimistic that he will deliver for the benefit of all Zambians.

Meanwhile, President Hichilema has said only students from vulnerable families and with very good results will be a priority when giving out bursaries.

When he was put to task to explain what many Zambians see as backtracking on the free education promise, President Hichilema, during a live programme on Radio Phoenix, only said his government will ensure that there is education for all, but insisted that only students from vulnerable families will be eligible for government  support in form of bursaries and not the privileged ones.

He further explained that there is a component of free education in the “education for all” approach which he said will be implemented with positive discrimination.

President Hichilema also said government will prioritize children with better results when giving out bursaries.

Meanwhile, the Head of State maintained that there will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption adding that government will recover stolen assets.


  1. Rhodwell shiluwe

    Am requesting to be given a college bursary I have good results in all the subject including English and Mathematics.

    • Aubrey Matende

      Apply at the public college or university of your choice, when they advertise for bursary, at that particular university, the. You can apply for a bursary, you will be given no doubt

  2. Ken d

    Is this for government school’s only or even for privates school’s.

  3. Maano

    It must be put to the effect that both Vulnerable and Outstanding learners be given equitable opportunities for Bursaries and scholarships!

  4. George Banda

    I second the speech, but there should be equality

  5. Thomas

    I have good results and I tried to push for bursary in 2014 and 2018

  6. Portiphar Chikwama

    This ought to be known to everyone when the government will be conducting, I need to be in school through government support

  7. Maano

    This proposition still appears to be vague. It is not clear cut. No milestones and timelines. No definition of Vulnerability, No definition of Merit or outstanding Performance. No direction for dropouts. Vocational and life skills training!?

  8. Map

    Please Offer me school from grade one to twelve until to university

  9. Anthony Bwalya UPND


  10. Anthony Bwalya UPND

    UPND’s free education election promises all lies-Teachers union
    June 21, 2016

    The Basic Education Teachers Union (BETUZ) has described as false the UPND’s election promise that it will introduce free education up to university level.

    At a recent campaign rally in Chinsali, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema reiterated his pledge that he will introduce free education from primary to university level if elected into office.

    But in an interview, BETUZ President Cosmas Mukuka contended that the UPND is only making such pronouncements to woo voters ahead of the August elections.Mr Mukuka said it is a well-known fact that even providing the current free primary education has been a tall order for the government which makes it almost impossible for any administration to escalate free education up to tertiary level.

    He said if the UPND was to introduce free education, it would greatly compromise the quality of education.

    “The truth is that these are lies. No government can implement free education. It is too costly. The UPND is just trying to sugar coat things in order to win votes. It can’t give free education. It simply can’t,” Mr Mukuka said.

    He observed that the failing standards of education in the public sector currently is due in part to reduced spending by government.

    “There are too many competing needs and a government should create a policy that compels parents and those that can afford to contribute something to the education of their children. The government alone simply can’t.”

    “Maybe a free education policy in rural areas where people don’t work can at least work best and not everywhere. In urban areas where people are working, they should at least pay something,” he said.

    Mr Mukuka who is also Zambia Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary has since appealed to politicians to be honest as they canvass for votes.

    “This thing of telling lies is not good. This promise of free education is a lie which can’t be implemented,” he said.

    According to the 2016 budget allocations, the education sector received K 9.1 billion in 2016 from which was 17.2 of the total budget from K9.4 billion allocated in 2015 which represented 20.2 percent of the total budget.This was the lowest allocation six years.

  11. Pharaoh

    Let’s wait and see but,its not possible considering the current population and many trained teachers. are not yet employed.

  12. Jac giant

    Ok bayi

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