Tertiary students threaten demos over fees hike

   Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) national executive council president, Takudzwa Ngadzidzore
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) national executive council president, Takudzwa Ngadzidzore

The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) new executive council has warned universities that any fees hikes at the institutions will be met with stiff resistance from the students.

At a press conference, national executive council president, Takudzwa Ngadzidzore said they were angered by the plan to hike the fees, saying it was cruel as their parents were underpaid.

“We are aware and have noted with anger plans to hike fees and tuition to more than $9 000 per semester. We need to make it clear here and now, any devilish plans to make unjustifiable, unreasonable and cruel fees hikes shall be met with the stiffest resistance and the brute force that the students’ anger is and shall be. Our parents and guardians are expected to pay our fees while they are getting paid peanuts that are not even salted,” he said.

Ngadzidzore also highlighted that they were worried about the trending of student’s intimidation in tertiary institutions, where student leaders were being suspended and expelled for standing up for students’ rights.

They  urged the Ministry of Higher Education to consider issues that directly affect the students at universities.

“We are greatly disturbed by a worrying trend in institutions of higher learning, where student leaders are served with more suspension letters than knowledge they enrolled for simply speaking up in defense of the students cause. The treatment of tertiary education students like pre-school kids who are not allowed to ask questions should be stopped. We urge the ministry to genuinely look into these issues”.

Zinasu also urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to engage a dialogue and fix the economic crisis as it is highly affecting the students who are now engaging in antisocial behaviors because they are facing at college due to economic instability.

“Zimbabwe is imploding and if we are not careful, we will be left with no country to live in. The students are among the biggest victims in this economic quagmire. We urge the major political actors, with special reference to President  Mnangagwa and Chamisa to urgently find common ground and lead in genuine, all inclusive and progressive national dialogue. If they cannot converge, the students will find other means to solve this mess and a revolution will be inevitable.”

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By Rutendo Bamu

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