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UZ students meet Parliamentary Portfolio on Education
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
November 23, 2007

On Thursday 23 November 2007, a University of Zimbabwe delegation met the Parliamentary Portfolio on Education at Parliament in Harare over the continued closure of campus halls of residence and its negative impact on students. The university delegation of five headed by Students Executive Council President Lovemore Chinoputsa presented a comprehensive paper to the Portfolio committee chaired by Hon. MP Fidelis Mhashu. Key issues discussed were but not limited to the renovations of campus halls of residence and the reinstatement of students back into these halls. Other areas that the students brought to the attention of the committee included increasing costs of learning and living, deterioration of the education delivery system, mass exodus of teaching staff and prevalent student victimization.

The delegation received positive feedback from the committee that showed their commitment in addressing the long overdue plight of students. The Parliamentary Portfolio assured that they will have similar engagements with the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Levi Nyagura and the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr. Stan Mudenge. The committee has scheduled a tour on the campus halls of residence and then give recommendations to the relevant authorities.

Students at the University of Zimbabwe welcomed these positive engagement with the Parliamentary Portfolio on Education and hope that other key stakeholders such as University authorities and Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education would give equal preferential treatment to students plights.

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