|Universities refuse to register 50 000 cadetship students|
|Monday, 10 September 2012 00:00|
Felex Share Herald Reporter
Government introduced a cadetship programme in which it pays the fees for those who enroll in different programmes.
In return, students must work in Zimbabwe after college for an equal number of years they received funding.
He blamed the Government’s non-payment of fees to the universities on the Ministry of Finance, which he described as the “unreasonable partner”.
Government, said Minister Mudenge, had only released US$1 million for the programme this year out of the required US$42 million.
“Treasury is not paying the money it promised in the budget,” he said.
“We have worked with smaller budgets before, but we used to prioritise education. The highest literacy in Africa we have achieved is because of the support we have given to education.”
He said his ministry was negotiating with banks to introduce a student loan scheme in January next year to ease the problem of student funding.
The country’s oldest and largest university is demanding that all students, including those under cadetship, pay full tuition fees for the coming 2012/2013 first semester.
The semester begins today.
“For any information about cadetship talk to the ministry,” he said.
“We do not know whether we will be allowed. We are poor and the scheme has been helping us a lot but now it seems things are getting worse. There is nowhere I can get the money from since my parents are dead. The dean of students said Government was not giving them anything and no one would get free education,” said one student.
Others said university officials should engage the Government instead of punishing them.