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sent away at Zimbabwe's "glorified high school"
Students Solidarity Trust
April 22, 2010
The adage it
never rains but pours has become a living reality for hundreds of
students who are not fully paid up, chased away by University
of Zimbabwe (UZ) security guards from examination venues. As
Zimbabweans observe 30 years of independence presided over by domineering
President Robert Mugabe; the late Professor Walter Kamba the first
black Vice Chancellor and Canaan Banana the first black Chancellor
of the then lustrous UZ should be turning in their graves as hundreds
of mostly "born-frees" are being denied access to examination
venues by Professor Levi Nyagura led administration. The current
move by UZ administration to bar students who are not fully paid
up from writing their end of first semester examinations between
19 April 2010 and 30 April 2010 is an assault on the right to education
and reverses the gains made not only under so called self rule but
also under the inclusive government towards education transition
of Zimbabwe is a former shadow of itself. It has been run down,
and now resembles a "glorified high school", under the
watchful eye of President Robert Mugabe who is the Chancellor, ageing
Minister of Higher Education Stan Mudenge and Vice Chancellor Professor
Levy Nyagura. Yet still sons and daughters of these "patriotic"
leaders pursue their studies in foreign lands, with access to education,
with their welfare well catered for through Zimbabwe's tax
payers' money. State support from tax payers' money
of students at local state universities through the loan or payout
system was scrapped off in February 2006 and consequently paying
of tuition and accommodation fees by mostly poor students was introduced.
The loan system was adequate to cover tuition fees and accommodation
fees for those students in campus halls of residence and could also
cover other ancillary costs associated with being a student.
scheme that was catapulted as a face saver following protests by
students has been unpopular with most students due to its terms.
It is stipulated in the cadetship scheme application form that students
under scheme will be bonded in the lowly paying public service for
a minimum period equal to the time a student was on the scheme before
being awarded his certificate.
period is not stipulated. It is this and other such clauses in the
application form that make students shy away from the scheme. On
a recent visit by the Students Solidarity Trust students who failed
to produce registration forms, tuition fees receipts and fees payment
clearance forms were seen being shoved away from examination venues
by button stick wielding university security guards clad in green
uniforms. Other students were seen jostling to clear their arrears
at the Bursar's offices.
situation as it obtains at UZ is in violation of the right to education
as enunciated in international covenants and conventions. According
to the Universal Declaration
on Human Rights (UDHR) Article 26:
has the right to education . . . education shall be equally accessible
on the basis of merit"
state universities are state utilities, which are meant to provide
a service to all deserving students irrespective of their socio-economic
status. By this declaration, governments accepted their obligation
to ensure that all human beings rich or poor, strong or weak, male
and female of all races and religions are to be treated equally.
Education has been regarded in all societies and throughout history
as a means for the individual and society to grow.
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) sets out
a detailed formulation of the right to education. Article 13 of
the same convention stipulates that everyone has a right to education
and that education should contribute to the full development of
the human personality.
Solidarity Trust lambasts UZ administration for its failure to allow
the students who have not paid their fees to seat for their examinations.
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