Over 850 University of Zambia students with outstanding balances will not be allowed to write examinations next month.

According to a an internal memo posted on several notice boards at Zambia’s highest learning institution along with the complete list of affected students, lecturers have also been instructed not to allow them to attend classes.

“The Following students will not be allowed be allowed to attend classes or access any university services due to non-payment of student fees. Lecturers have been instructed not to mark assignments and tests for these students. In addition, they will not be allowed to write final examinations starting in August 2017. Ensure to settle your balances to avoid inconveniences,” read the memo which was circulated by Vice Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba.

Some of the students talked to said they were scared to air their views because they could be suspended or expelled.

“This is very disheartening because some of the balances are so minimal. Even a K100 balance can cost you an exam and derail everything. And it is tense in school because no one knows how we can get management to reverse this. People have been suspended for speaking out recently so I really don’t know what else to say,” said one of the students.