Nyagura defends UZ enrolment

Prof Nyagura

Prof Nyagura

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura has defended the institution’s decision to introduce a second intake per year, at a time it has also embarked on flushing out lecturers without at least a doctorate.

Prof Nyagura made the remarks when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology in Harare yesterday.

He said the country’s oldest university had adequate infrastructure to cater for more students compared to other local universities. Prof Nyagura said they also constructed 10 more lecture rooms to accommodate at least 1 500 students at a time.

“We did all these preparations in anticipation of increasing the student population not by a big margin, but small margin. Because 1 400 could never be viewed as a large margin of increase of first years,” he said.

“The number will never go beyond 15 000 at UZ. With the students we took this last month, we have only gone to 14 000 students.

“That compared to other universities with 22 000 students with no infrastructure, computer numbers, professors and PhD holders and a state-of-the-art-library facility like UZ, we couldn’t be faltered. I don’t even see how the public could have an outcry that UZ has ballooned its student numbers at 14 000. That is a modest number for the kind of infrastructure that we have.”

Prof Nyagura said the only issue that remained was that of accommodation.

He said in the past, they accommodated about 4 300 students, but they had increased the number to about 6 400.

He said in other local universities, students lived like squatters as eight students shared a room.

Prof Nyagura said to maintain the quality of the university, they resolved that only lecturers with at least PhD are employed except in the fields of law, engineering and clinicians.

He said the institution provided funding for lecturers who wanted to pursue their education, as such they have put 2017 as the deadline for them to attain at least a PhD.

Prof Nyagura said it was gratifying that the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Professor Jonathan Moyo shared the same vision with them on ensuring that lecturers must at least be PhD holders.

Prof Nyagura said there were other challenges that they faced, including delays in the payment of salaries. The August 2015 salary was still outstanding.

“The implications are quite serious. For example, it means we fail to remit monies for medical aid, we also fail to remit pension contributions of members and we cannot talk about honouring Zimra payments because if we have not been paid, we don’t pay because you can’t pay from your own resources if you have not been paid.

“It also means where stop orders like maintenance charges and so forth are concerned, we cannot remit those,” he said.

Prof Nyagura said Government owed the university about $11,4 million since 2010 for students who were on cadetship.

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  • Bella

    Speaking of UZ, has anyone found ‘Dr’ Amai’s thesis?

    • pastor

      I did.the paper is blank

  • chinos

    Reminds me Levi in Bible. Loved money

  • http://sn.wikipedia.org Tinovaziva

    I know for a fact that you do not need a Doctorate to teach at the world’s best business schools. This institution is fast becoming a joke and all this time lecturers openly trade sexual favors for grades. How the mighty have fallen?

  • chipo

    Increasing number of students,Increasing fees, and on top of that parking fees for students $100 per semester. Prof Nyagura all we can see is greed at the expense of quality of education.

    • BABA

      MSU leads the pack.

  • Telescope

    Ndipeiwo PHD in Kutambura.

  • mabwe

    “Prof Nyagura said government owned the university about $11,4 million since 2010 for students who were on cadetship.” Then you will hear one “learned” and silly ####hallucinating about STEM in secondary schools which are out of his ministry. Where will the money to fund that programme come from or do you just want to downgrade standards of the few remaining good schools? Why not introduce such programmes at Universities which are under your ministry???

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    This unnecessary emphasis on PHDs is not plausible , compared to real scholarship where research and publications in reputable academic journals should be encouraged . Just producing a once off PHD thesis should not be the main yardstick for an erudite academic. We have too many PHDs in our government structures but the efficiency correlation is zero. Prof Nyagura should also encourage continuous research and publications, subject to resources, by our lecturers for them to keep up to date and refreshed academically. Otherwise we will have next to honorary PHDs crowding our academic corridors at the hitherto renowned UZ.

    • Simbai

      Excellent Cde Mzvinavhu! For once a well founded contribution without being sidetracked by habitual irrelevancies.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        In fact I got reminded of our late Dr Witness Mangwende who was supervised by Professors who had only first degrees but well researched and strong in the subject at the London School of Economics for his PHD thesis in the International Relations Faculty. VC Prof Nyagura may not accept a Prof without a PHD!

    • tafirenyika

      you have said something meaningful in a very long time

    • tafamutekwe

      True.Research is the backbone of any university worth the name. The RSA government across the boarder spends billions in funding academics who pursue research work; our government should do likewise.

  • tyncle

    Double intake was never a good idea, how can you increase our numbers without increasing our ‘unpaid’ lecturers. It’s not formal to have one lecturer taking you for 3 courses, not mentioning other classes.

  • tf

    you guys are jokers…..the resources at UZ are not adequate for this two intakes thing