Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2017

Zimbabwe at its worst as more than 40 000 students drop out over fees

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AS the economy continues to shrink a student leader has revealed that over 42 000 colleagues have either deferred or dropped out of universities and colleges throughout the country due to high fees.

Zimbabwe National Students Union Secretary General, Makomborero Haruziviishe, revealed this Wednesday in a memo in which he called on government to speed up promises made to bail out students through loan facilities to pay tuition fees.

Haruziviishe also threatened a massive #FEESDOWN Campaign if the Central Bank was to be prevailed upon to ignore the government directive to put into place systems to roll out academic loans and grants for students.

“It is high time as students we put an end to the massive deferments and school dropouts which currently account for the absence of 42 000 students from class due to exorbitant tuition fees.

“It is time we put to a stop to students who are on attachment working without allowances despite paying full school fees,” said Haruziviishe in a memo sent to all students on Wednesday.

Haruziviishe said section 75 of the Zimbabwean constitution makes it clear that education is a right and everyone deserves to learn and access quality education.

“We have been promised by our Chancellor President Robert Mugabe in the Zim-Asset and further assured by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Prof. Jonathan Moyo in December last year that the government and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe have put into place mechanisms to roll out academic loans and grants for students.

“Thus, there is no justification for anyone to deny students their inalienable right to education,” Haruziviishe said.

The government scrapped off grants for all institutions of higher learning due to student protests which led to destruction of property.