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  • Education crisis
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    January 15, 2007

    LIKE other dysfunctional social sector services such as health and housing, the education sector is in deep shambles due to soaring costs of tuition, books, transport and the poor remuneration paid to teachers and lecturers.

    Crisis Coalition makes the following observations:

    • That the tuition fees in polytechnics, teachers' colleges and universities are beyond the reach of ordinary Zimbabweans. Tuition fees for 2007 stand as follows - Polytechnics $180 000, Public Universities (Z$750 000) and Teachers' Colleges (Z$350 000).
    • That high-ranking members of the ZANU PF government send their kith and kin to universities in South Africa, United Kingdom, US, Canada and Australia for studies at the expense of the taxpayers.
    • That the conditions of service for lecturers and teachers continue to dwindle whilst government remains unmoved at the rate at which professionals continue to leave the country in search for greener pastures.
    • That through populist policies, the government continues to build more institutions, increase the number of students enrolling at universities and colleges whilst failing to improve the standards.

    The majority of students enrolled in Zimbabwe's public colleges and universities hail from humble backgrounds and cannot afford the cost of education, which has become a preserve for the ruling elite. The government of Zimbabwe is once again reminded of the urgent need to take steps as expeditiously as possible to avert the crisis within the education sector in line with its national and international obligations regarding the human right to education.

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