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on the increase in university and college fees
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
January 11, 2007
The Zimbabwe Congress
of Trade Unions is greatly shocked by the announcement of the increase
in tuition fees for State Universities, colleges and polytechnics
by over 2 000 percent by government.
More shocking is the
realization that what the government is doing at the moment is depriving
the majority of Zimbabweans their basic right. The right to education.
While it is admissible
that there was need to review fees, the ZCTU feels that government
should bear the brunt, for it is its obligation to subsidise the
education of its citizens and not pass the buck to parents.
The fees increase makes
education a preserve for the rich as the majority of parents and
guardians will find it impossible to pay such type of fees especially
in this harsh economic climate. The Higher Education Ministry should
play an influential role in the attainment of education for all.
Already, some students had dropped out of college because they could
no longer afford to pay the fees and this latest round of increments
will certainly increase the number of drop outs.
The ZCTU therefore
calls on the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to stop the
increments or hike the fees by reasonable margins or alternatively
stagger the increments over a period of time to allow parents to
adjust to the increases.
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