Zimbabwe students petition government

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THE University of Zimbabwe’s Students’ Representative Union (SRU) last Friday petitioned the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development demanding an urgent reintroduction of academic loans, grants and cadetship schemes.

BY SENIOR REPORTER

The students also accused tertiary institutions of unilaterally hiking tuition and accommodation fees for students on cadetship.

Part of the petition signed by SRU secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe reads: “Accommodation fees for students resident at the university were hiked from $800 to $950 and students on cadetship who joined in 2011 were charged $45, but in 2012, this was hiked to $99 and now they are charging $150.

“Every semester fees are raised unjustifiably and education is now wildly expensive for the average student hence making it difficult to acquire quality education in an economy which is no longer employment-based,” he said.

The students said the fee hikes were in contravention of the Constitution.

“We request emergent action by your office in reprimanding college and university administration from deviously hiking fees as they are becoming unrealistic to the extent that we have concluded that they are sabotaging the country’s higher and tertiary learning,” the students said.

“We were better off with the cadetship programme. Poorly-funded as it were, it reduced the financial woes that we are facing. Academic loans and grants that once sustained livelihoods of parliamentarians, college and university administrators and various other government officials are now a piece of history,” they said.

The students said their financial woes resulted in many of them failing to attend lessons as they are forced into vices like alcoholism, drug abuse and prostitution.

Higher Education minister Olivia Muchena could not be reached for comment yesterday as she was said to be on leave.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Some people can not appreciate a good system.It is an open secret that all these revolutionaries went to universities being funded by donors asi ivo can not take a leaf and develop their kith and kin using the same system.Kana murungu aikwanisa kuprovider scholarships for you to study nguva yehondo what makes you fail to do the same kune umwe mutema wako

  2. the govt should do something or else our education system is going to collaspe. where do these guys expect us to get that money,
    when our economy is crumbling .. God help us

    • It collapsed ages back.If you see the standard of work from most of these students you will collapse yourself.

  3. you guys we dnt play with you, every semester you raise fees, its not your fault but we blame your corrupt minds, remember wht goes around comes around

  4. there is need for urgent attention coz this jeopardises the education standards. i realised that its not about white or black leadership but the extent of evil in a leader’s heart, proverbs 29′ wen the righteous are in athority pple rejoice but when the wicked are in authority the pple groan’ as a leader what are your followers saying, repent and do the first works,

  5. THESE PEOPLE FORGET TOO EARLY, OR IS IT MERE ARROGANCE AND HEARTLESSNESS. MOST OF THEM ARE PRODUCTS OF A VIBRANT, STUDENT FRIENDLY EDUCATIONAL POLICY OF YESTERYEAR BUT, SADLY AND SURPRISINGLY, THEY DENY US ENJOYMENT OF THE SAME PRIVILEGES WHICH MADE THEM WHO THEY ARE TODAY.
    WHY ON EARTH WOULD GOVERNMENT NEED TO WAIT FOR STUDENTS TO PETITION IT ON SUCH CRITICAL BUT OBVIOUS ISSUES. FATHERS ARE NOT REMINDED BY THEIR KIDS OF THEIR OBLIGATION TO PAY FEES, ISNT IT. WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN UNCARING, ARROGANT, HEARTLESS AND SELFISH ELITE THAT HAS NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF ITS CITIZENS BUT MASQUERADES AS A PEOPLE- ORIENTED REGIME, STRANGELY SO.

  6. Thats a gud stance takn by SRC! Tts too mch zvepa UZ zvinonyaya kukwidza mari yet hapana munhu akawedzerwa mari kubasa tts a joke. wel done macomrades, mazomukawo manje, mangamanyanaya kunyarara!!!!

  7. Thats a gud stance takn by SRC! Tts too mch zvepa UZ zvinonyaya kukwidza mari yet hapana munhu akawedzerwa mari kubasa, zvimwe hazviite mhani. wel done macomrades, mazomukawo manje, mangamanyanya kunyarara!!!!leadership yaGumbo hapana zvayakaita rather than kungomira maElites achi establisher a strng system, thanx cmrde Mako 4 ur bravery.Aluta continua!!!!!!!!

  8. only if they knew how our parents are struggling and spending sleepless nights for us to afford this university education, they wouldnt b treating us like crap

  9. its the best wayfoward General Mariko…you are our torchbearer in our fight for academic freedoms.great stance cde!!!

  10. our hopes are pinned on the way you will act cdes,,,we are suffering coz rez and tuition now cost around $1 000 and my mom is only a teacher and i am the eldest of five children in our familly…eish pliz act.lord have mercy.

  11. at least our leadership is now visible but where is the president in all this.Nyagura azotiwachisa kudarika NIKUV gore rino gen’a.anokwidza fees,no service upgrade asi anototenga latest range rover evoque nekutengera magreen bomber mamotor bikes apa kuhiker mafees haaregi.

  12. it is really worrisome,,,imagine a newly recruited soldier straight from grade 7 is given salary on trainng with bonus at the and of the year,,,but those who are sacrificing their time to invest in education are subjects of intensive oppression

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