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years after Independence, ZINASU mourns the Education Crisis in
National Students Union (ZINASU)
April 16, 2010
The Zimbabwe National
Students Union (ZINASU) President on behalf of all students of Zimbabwe
would like to join the people of Zimbabwe and the whole of Africa
in celebrating the 30th Anniversary marking the country's
independence from colonial rule on the 18th of April 1980.
of this historic achievement of the nation's birthday courtesy
of the spirit of selfless sacrifice on the part of the departed
cadres of the liberation struggle and the living takes place at
a time when the students are mourning the demise of the once vibrant
education system in the country. The students in Zimbabwe continue
to face multifaceted serious challenges that manifests in astronomical
and restrictive tuition fees, brutality against students activists
incessant closure of halls of residence by the UZ
authorities, the refusal by the University of Zimbabwe authorities
to allow the students to sit for end of semester examinations, the
arbitrary suspensions and expulsion of students' leaders,
indefinite disbandment of Students Representative Council (SRC)
elections at Harare Polytechnic, MSU and UZ and the general deterioration
of the state of the whole sector.
The celebrations are
also taking place at a time when the majority of the students at
the University of Zimbabwe have been endangered of their future
by being barred to sit for their end of semester examinations by
the brutal and ruthless policies of the notorious Vice Chancellor
Levy Nyagura- total denial of one of the pillars of the struggle
for independence, 'the right to education.'
ZINASU is saddened by
the reality that the government of Zimbabwe across board is full
of figures, most of whom received education during the colonial
era, with the self acclaimed Chancellor of all state Universities
boasting of degrees acquired while in prison but today, in 21st
century Zimbabwe, innocent intellectual souls face an oblique future
because of the capitalist policies of the state which have sentenced
the sons and daughters of the poor masses to a failed future.
While the lowering of
the Union Jack was a historic achievement of the 20th century generation
of our leaders, the demise in the education sector in the country
owing to unfriendly and anti poor policies of the inclusive government
as a whole is evident undermine the efforts of our true heroes and
The celebrations also
come in the work of a stage-managed but doomed parliamentary driven
process of constitutional reform which has undermined the students
and workers' call for a genuine people driven constitution
reform process that underpins fundamental human rights, particularly
the right to education. ZINASU will reject any outcome of this default
process as it cannot be trusted as a guarantor of the right to education.
ZINASU therefore calls
upon the Government of Zimbabwe to take the students seriously and
shun the colonial supremacist discriminatory policies that have
disadvantaged the majority of our poor students. Mudenge should
be reminded that education is a right and not a privilege.
Lastly, ZINASU calls
for the celebrations to be above political antics and urge ZANUPF
to shun its retrogressive and divisive tendency at such national
events because the struggle for independence was not fought by ZANUPF
sympathizers alone for ZANU-PF as a party but for all the people
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