Government has extended the provision of higher Education loans to five public Institutions.
Ministry of Higher Education Public Relations Officer, Chiselwa Kawanda says one thousand scholarships will be awarded this year to Palabana, Mulungushi, Mukuba, Kwame Nkrumah and Chalimbana Universities.
Ms. Kawanda told ZNBC News that the extension has been necessitated by loan recoveries the ministry has been undertaking from September last year.
She said that of the one thousand Scholarships, forty percent will be given on merit.
Ms Kawanda said that thirty will be awarded to females, while another thirty will be given to applicants from rural communities.