OVER 500 graduates from the Zambia Institute of Business Studies and Industrial Practice -ZIBSIP- who completed their studies from as far back as 2017 and only graduated last year, are yet to receive their diplomas from the institution.

Some of the affected students who spoke to Zibani Zambia have complained that they have endured over 3 years without their qualifications which have left them without access to job opportunities and are yet to be given their documents after their graduation last year.

The students revealed that a named active former student who was in the forefront of pushing for their diplomas for exams written under the University of Zambia -UNZA- and Mukuba University over the past 3 years, recently died without receiving his qualifications from ZIBSIP.

But ZIBSIP Acting Principle, Francis Bwalya has clarified to Zibani Zambia that his institution is currently giving out diplomas from Mukuba University to deserving former students while only 249 students who wrote the UNZA exams are yet to get their diplomas further disclosing that some students still owe ZIBSIP some money in unpaid fees.

Last year, the over 500 former ZIBSIP students threatened to demonstrate over delayed issuance of their diplomas for various business and education programmes which they completed between 2017 and 2019 after which management arranged for their virtual graduation in November last year but have since not received their diplomas.