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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students
Students take government head on
National Students Union (ZINASU)
February 02, 2007
held an urgent NEC meeting today. It was noted that the government
has failed to uphold the Universal Declaration on Human Rights chapter
26 (1) which clearly stipulates that 'everyone has a right to education'.
The fees being charged in all the colleges in Zimbabwe are a clear
insult on our parents; most of them are poor peasant farmers and
civil servants who are leaving way below the poverty datum line.
of the day is determined to see that there is no future for Zimbabwe.
Dear Zimbabweans, we are the future. The government is in unbridled
violation of the UNESCO stipulation that the government must allocate
26% of the national budget to the education sector. The pertinent
review of data from the research conducted by ZINASU reveals that
more than 31.5% students has since dropped out of college since
10 February 2006 when the government introduced the new evil fee
structure. Mindful of the above, ZINASU N.E.C resolutions are as
- Demand an
immediate reversal of the fees hike, and giving the government
up to 13 February 2007.
around the clarion call of Save our Education; Save our Future
Campaign, ZINASU shall embark on an indefinite class boycott from
14 February 2007.
- The students
will vote for the presidential elections in 2008 and not 2010.
- We support
the industrial action by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions,
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Doctors and Nurses though
are hearts are with the suffering patients.
- We are going
to hold the government responsible for any loss of lives during
the current industrial action.
- ZINASU to
form a separate union for medical students targeting the medical
students, student nurses and paramedics students.
- Demand a
new and people driven constitution now.
our birthright and we shall continue defending academic freedoms
the ZINASU fact
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