Government owes colleges $62m in cadetship fees: Perm Sec

GOVERNMENT owes $62 million to different colleges in terms of payment of tuition fees for students in the cadetship programme.

VENERANDA LANGA

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology secretary Washington Mbizvo disclosed this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education chaired by MDC-T Chinhoyi MP Peter Mataruse.

He said as a result colleges were affected in terms of procuring teaching aids and supervision of student teachers on teaching practice.

“We received only $500 000 for the cadetship programme this year against a deficit of $62 million over the years,” said Mbizvo.
“For this year we should have got $8 000 000 for cadetship, but we only received $500 000 and it came nine days ago and we have not yet distributed it to colleges.”

He also warned teachers’ college principals who were in the habit of fleecing members of the public by inviting thousands of applicants to compete for a few places to train as teachers.

His comments came in the wake of revelations that Seke Teacher’s College recently invited 7 000 people who were  made to pay $10 each when only about 500 places were available.

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“It was a violation of procedure whereby Seke Teacher’s College principal Ephraim Mutubuki invited 7 000 applicants to interviews for two days because the proper procedure was that adverts must be placed and then slightly more than 600 applicants are invited for interviews.  The Seke Teacher’s College principal was summoned by the ministry to ensure specific corrective measures were put in place,” he said.

Mbizvo told the committee that his ministry had not yet received a cent for operational costs for all colleges in Zimbabwe resulting in them facing challenges in paying for electricity and water bills.

10 Comments

  1. Wow, a disbursement of 500k out of 8million! This is a big disgrace for Zim

    1. ᴡʜᴀᴛ Aᴍʏ sᴀɪᴅ I ᴀᴍ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ɢᴇᴛ ᴘᴀɪᴅ $7961 ɪɴ ᴏɴᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . ɢᴏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴇʙsɪᴛᴇ

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  2. It is indeed disgraceful Tatenda but even more so when you consider the amount paid in fees to foreign universities through the so called presidential scholarship fund – over $30 million a year. Only idiots prioritise foreign universities over their on. Scandalous.

    1. I absolutely agree! Worse still the beneficiaries of the foreign scholarships are related to those who can actually afford to pay for their children.

  3. The fact that the number invited for interviews at Seke teachers college vis-a-vis the number of places available shows challenges in supply and demand situation. How was the principal supposed to chose or limit the numbers without being accused of favouritism. Unemployment worsens the situation as school-leavers are looking for something productive. Govt must build more schools and tertiary institutions to align the places available with those looking the places

  4. Again illustrates that Zim is bankrupt. You need a new President

  5. The government is trying its best ladies and gentlemen. let us all support it when it comes to education.

  6. This so called head of state only mastered the art of ascending to power. He doesn’t know how to descend, hence he’s stuck on this post. Come their December congress he’ll retain his position despite the fact that he’s a liability to this nation. We’re doomed.

  7. Yedu nyika ndiyo inorarama on a credit card…zvikwereti everywhere. Maybe pres and cabinet ministers should sacrifies all their money like our freedom fighters did!

  8. mkoba wejotsholo

    thina zwi. Lets be patriotic takanyarara, izvi ndezvashe

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