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Higher Education, Science and Technology report on cadetship and scholarship scheme
Parliament of Zimbabwe
November 18, 2010

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Introduction

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology was concerned with the cost of education in the higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe which has gone beyond the reach of many Zimbabweans given the economic challenges that the country is currently faced with. In the past, funding of students’ studies was facilitated through the students grant/loan scheme. This scheme ceased to function in 2006 and paved the way for the introduction of the Cadetship Support Scheme (CSS). To, this end, the Committee, in carrying out its oversight function, resolved to make an enquiry into the fee structure, the implementation of the Cadetship Support Scheme as well as the provision of the scholarship programmes in the higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe.

Objectives

The Committee made an inquiry into the fee structure, the implementation of the Cadetship Support Scheme and the provision of the scholarship programmes to fulfill the following objectives:

  • To have a complete understanding of the fee structure in higher and tertiary institutions.
  • To have an insight into the administration or implementation of the Cadetship Support Scheme (CSS).
  • To have an understanding of the fee structure in higher and tertiary institutions.
  • To have an appreciation on how scholarship programmes are run in Zimbabwe.
  • To appreciate the challenges associated with the administration of both the Cadetship Support Scheme and Scholarship programmes in these institutions in order to find short and long term solutions.

Methodology

The Committee received oral and written evidence from;

  • The Secretary Higher and Tertiary Education.
  • The two factions of Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
  • The Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU)
  • The Chairperson for the Zimbabwe Vice Chancellors’ Association (ZUVCA)

Committee’s Findings

In its quest to have an understanding of the fee structure, the Committee carried out a research to solicit for information regarding the cost of higher education, and used the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) as an example. Table 1 depicts the scenario.

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