THE Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) joined other institutions of higher education at the Harare International Conference Centre where the President and Chancellor of all State Universities, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, addressed students from Zimbabwean universities, colleges, polytechnics and vocational training centres.
Speaking at the interface event, Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union (ZICOSU) president Takudzwa Gambiza outlined some of the challenges that the student community has been facing for a long time.
Among these are payment of attachment fees which was reduced by 40% by the new Government. However, students feel that it is still too high. Students also face accommodation and sporting facilities challenges at the institutions of higher learning.
Students’ allowances have also been cut by half, teaching students from other universities where not getting allowances, let alone students’ loans which Mr Gambiza said the government promised to avail.
In his response, President Mnangagwa promised the student community that his government was going to look at all the problems that had been tabled.
While he said some of the problems would be addressed immediately, the President urged the students’ leadership to be patient while he engages other stakeholders on problems that might require budgetary allocations.
The President said he would soon invite the student leadership to State House together with all the Vice Chancellors, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Dr John Mangudya, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira and other important stakeholders for a meeting to resolve some of these problems.
In conclusion, Cde Mnangagwa urged students to remain vigilant and focused