29 December 2009

Zambia: UNZA Starts Online Registration

THE University of Zambia (UNZA) yesterday launched its first ever-online student registration in which students will pay fees through the Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO)'s internet service systems.

And the University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) president Duncan Nyirongo has appealed to ZANACO Bank to extend its pay point branches to cater for students in all areas.

Speaking in Lusaka at the launch, UNZA deputy vice-chancellor, Wilson Mwenya, said the institution had for a long time been grappling with severe difficulties during student registration process.

Dr Mwenya said the system of registration took considerably longer for the students to complete the whole process adding that, UNZA also suffered a great deal of financial losses due to thefts.

He said prior processes involved long queues that necessitated the involvement of the police in order to control the tired and frustrated students.

"The online student registration has come at the right time to sort out all these difficulties that the university has been facing. All university fees will now be paid directly to the bank thus preventing the risk of thefts and loss of funds," Dr Mwenya said.

The launched online registration system was tested during the November student registration in the school of medicine and worked efficiently.

At the moment, Dr Mwenya said, students would have the pleasure to use any internet cafes in their localities to conduct registration exercises without standing in long queues.

He said the centre for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) had set up a help desk at the main campus library to assist students who had difficulties in registration.

Dr Mwenya further said there were 100 desktop computers that students could access for their registration exercise adding that, the development was a great milestone to UNZA.

Mr Nyirongo appealed to ZANACO to open up more of its pay points, especially in remote areas to enable all students utilise the online registration efficiently.

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