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High Court Orders UZ To Release Exam Results And Bars Fees Hike

High Court Orders UZ To Release Exam Results And Bars Fees Hike

The High Court has ordered the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) not to withhold students’ results on account of non-payment of tuition fees.

The UZ Students Representative Council (SRC) approached the courts challenging UZ’s decision to increase tuition fees in 2022.

UZ also restricted students’ access to the examination results via its online platform if they had not settled the arrears of tuition fees it had gazetted.

On Friday, 20 January, High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi, ordered UZ to release examination results to the concerned students and arrange a payment plan with them for outstanding fees.

Justice Chipato also froze the hike of fees by UZ pending the court case in which the students are arguing, through their lawyer Tendai Biti, that the increase was unconstitutional and unjustified. Said the judge:

Pending the delivery of judgment in Case No. HC 6194/22 reserved by Hon. Chitapi Jon 30 November 2022, the 1st respondent shall not enforce tuition fees set out in ordinance No. 63 dated 6 September 2022.

The 1st respondent is interdicted from withholding the release of results of the two applicants and other students represented by the 1st applicant on account of non-payment of the tuition fees set out in the ordinance.

The first applicant’s members and the second applicant shall however be required upon collection of their results to enter into payment arrangements with the first respondent in terms of which they undertake to pay the difference of the tuition fees set out in ordinance 63 and the previous semester fees levied before the ordinance. Each party bears its own cost.

UZ was cited as the first respondent with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary education as the second respondent. |

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former student 5 days ago

marvelous judgement from a learned judge why at first place to you allow students to write examination if you withhold the results it's hog wash govt should fulfill it's role ie to educate it's nation give them employment and then collect the tax not what is happening now where professionals eg teachers are not paying tax because of poor salary it's unheard of

passion java 5 days ago

hakuna hurumende inogona kutonga kudarika ye ZANU PF chero kudenga haiko ....E.D koppo

cid 5 days ago

This was long overdue, i remember back in the DayZ at university, Yu couldn't access basics like attending lectures, library,school bus to mention but a few if Yu hadn't payed yo school fees ,thumps up to whoever is responsible for the good judgement

Hamlet 5 days ago

Very fairj judgement. When they increased the fees they said they wantto match regional tertiary education fees.....but salaries were stagnant. what is goodfor the gender should be good for the goose. There is gonna be an avalanche of such coury cases because all state universities followed UZ and raised fees.

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