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crisis looms at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
National Students Union (ZINASU)
September 23, 2009
announced on Monday 20 September that funds for the cadetship programme
have finally been availed to the college by the Ministry of Higher
and Tertiary Education. It is surprising that students who applied
for the funds are still expected to pay their tuition fees in cash,
a move that is contrary to the main objective of the cadetship scheme
which is meant to assist those who cannot afford to pay the high
tuition fees charged at the college. The cadetship programme is
a last minute attempt by Government to make education accessible
to all. ZINASU calls for the review of the strict, and too binding
conditions of the cadetship scheme, for example the scheme bonds
a beneficiary to work for the Government for the same number of
years one was supported. Such a provision violates freedom of employment
and occupation, in light of the fact that the very same Government
that is offering the scheme is charging exorbitant fees beyond the
reach of many, leaving many less privileged students with no choice
except to apply for the scheme.
Crisis looms at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
at UZ have continued to haunt the largest institution of higher
learning in Zimbabwe. The college has been faced with water problems
since last year and UNICEF assisted through drilling four boreholes.
However it is reported that only one of the four boreholes is functioning
The situation is posing
a health hazard to more than 13 000 students at the institution.
The challenge has delayed the opening of halls of residence that
has seen close to 4 000 students stranded having to look for alternative
Mr. S. Chevo uttered that the water challenge is the major problem
facing students, but it cannot be hidden that the greatest crisis
facing students is that of the exorbitant fees ranging between USD400
- 900. ZINASU urges the Harare City Council and the UNICEF to take
the issue as a matter of urgency in ensuring that sanity prevails
at the college.
ZINASU has received
with dismay news that college authorities at Solusi University have
barred students from bringing extra food from home. The college
does not offer meat as part of the diet and the inadequate food
supply had forced students to bring extra food from outside to supplement
the poor diet.
The college is a Seventh
Day Adventist institution and students have over the years complained
of stringent rules and regulations for example it is compulsory
for every student to attend church service every Sunday and that
students have to apply and get a pass in order to leave campus failure
to abide will result in stiff penalties.
Many students who go
for University education are adults some of them already parents
and it puzzles to note that these adults are treated like toddlers
who are not responsible enough and cannot make independent decisions.
Alcohol intake is prohibited at the institution and lectures start
as early as 6am which is way too early for many students who would
have slept late studying. A normal working day in most countries
starts at 8am. ZINASU calls upon the University authorities to run
the institution more professionally as the college has a wide diverse
of students from different backgrounds and age groups.
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