Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:43:49 +0000
By Violet Tembo
MORE than 300 students at Mulungushi University yesterday morning protested upon learning that their examination and answer sheets have been burned to ashes.
The affected students were those who sat for the 2016 academic year examination using Northern Technical College (NORTEC) in Ndola as their centre.
A check at NORTEC, by the Daily Nation found the atmosphere had return to calm and students were just wandering about the campus.
NORTEC Principal Victor Mulenga described the incident as unfortunate.
Mr Mulenga, who confirmed the incident, said the fire started around 23.00 hours on Tuesday night in one of the store rooms.
He said his office had since informed Mulungushi University about the problem.
“The cause of the fire has not been established, we are waiting for the police to do their investigations. I can only issue a report once the police conclude their investigations. We will be advised by the police,” said Mr Mulenga.
Meanwhile, student’s representative Viannah Kapenda said the affected students were demanding that the university awards them 40 marks.
Mr Kapenda said the affected students might be required to re-write the papers as soon as possible.
He said the students were very disappointed.
“We have advised Mulungushi management that we write from the main campus but they insisted that we write from here (NORTEC).
“It is a sad development, so Mulungushi should just award 40 percent marks to the students affected,” he said.
However, police officers have been deployed to the college to keep vigil.