Former students from tertiary colleges across the country are facing difficulties obtaining their 2010 results, as college authorities refuse to release them demanding the students pay outstanding fees first.
The students have threatened mass demonstrations.
Hundreds of students who completed their studies are failing to secure employment because they do not have their examination results.
Rabbi Dube a former student at Belvedere Teachers’ College told NewsDay on Friday that the college was holding on to his certificate despite countless efforts to convince the authorities that he could only raise the money if he got employed.
“Students sat for exams, but no results were issued to those with outstanding balances,” Dube said.
“We were only given confirmation letters to use when looking for teaching jobs but these do not help,”
“Most of us come from poor families and there is no way we can afford to pay the outstanding balances. We are now banking on getting teaching jobs to be able to pay the fees.”
Higher and Tertiary Education deputy minister Addington Tapela on Thursday said the students should have applied for cadetship if they did not have money to pay for their tuition.
But Dube argued that even those that did apply for the cadetship programme were unable to get their results since the cadetship papers were not processed on time and therefore no money was paid to colleges.
Zimbabwe National Students Union spokesperson Kudakwashe Chakabva said government was not being sensitive to the plight of students and his organisation and other civic society groups were mulling mass action.
“We are aware of the plight of the students as this problem is affecting former students from Seke Teachers’ College, Mutare Technical College, Harare Polytechnic and Belvedere Teachers’ College,” said Chakabva.
Chakabva said those that had applied and had been promised cadetship were also affected because government had not paid cadetship fees to the various colleges.