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40 Zambian students stranded in India

Twenty one- year old, Greatrest Mengo has appealed to her father Christopher Mengo Siame, a businessman of Mbala District to help her get out of India.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Student at Maharish Makandeshwar University (MMU) in India says she owes 7,000 Thousand form of accommodation and tuition forcing her to be on the street illegally for three years now.

Mengo says being a girl on the street illegally is the worst untold form of torture urging Zambians to be financially sound before day dreaming about education abroad.

Meanwhile, at least 40 Zambian students are stranded in various parts of India for various reasons.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says most students are stranded because of their parents’ failure to sustain payment of school fees, while some have committed offences such as drug abuse and a number have failed examinations but are scared of informing their parents.

Mrs. Kapijimpanga says the students cannot leave the airports because it is a requirement in India that their schools issue them with NO Objection Travel Certificates which indicate that they complied with Indian laws, forcing many to start engaging in negative vices for them to survive.

She says it is strange that most parents simply send their children to private universities in India without informing the Mission but only get to know when students have been arrested or have failed to pay school fees.

Mrs. Kapijimpanga says at least 300 Zambian students are documented to be in India studying in various institutions of higher learning.

She has urged Zambian parents to consult the Zambian Mission in New Delhi on education services in India before sending their children especially that government colleges in Zambia are now far cheaper than troubling innocent souls on a foreign soil.

This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Navile

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