Higher and Tertiary Education minister Stan
Mudenge has reappeared in public for the first time in many months following reports he was critically ill.
Mudenge officiated at the Harare Polytechnic college graduation ceremony last Friday.
The minister, who appeared frail and weak, was using a walking stick.
Mudenge could not stand while presenting prizes to winners and capping the graduates.
He remained seated throughout the proceedings.
The 69-year-old Zanu PF politburo member has reportedly been receiving treatment within and outside Zimbabwe.
On June 25 Mudenge was admitted at a private hospital after he reportedly suffered cardiac failure.
Mudenge has been out of office for several months reportedly due to ill-health.
Meanwhile, several Polytechnic students were unable to graduate after they failed to settle outstanding fees.
The Zimbabwe National Students’ Union has blasted government for failure to prioritise students’ rights.
Students on the list of graduands were absent as the gates were manned by staffers who demanded payment receipts before entry.
However, Mudenge, in a low voice told hundreds of students and parents at the ceremony that no students should be barred from attending lectures and sitting for examinations for non-payment.
He said: “No student, whether supported by his parents, guardians or private sector may be prevented from writing examinations on the grounds of incomplete payment of examinations provided the student has completed the course he or she was pursuing during the year in question.”