At least thirty six 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 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.
The High Commissioner says she is confident that a solution would be found as Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo has promised to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the removal of all stranded students.
She says it is saddening that most parents simply send their children for studies 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 three hundred (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.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley.