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Minister Begs University Students To Shun Impending Shutdown Over Fee Hikes

Minister Begs University Students To Shun Impending Shutdown Over Fee Hikes

The permanent secretary in the Higher and Tertiary ministry, Fanuel Tagwira, has begged university students to shun planned demonstrations over fee hikes saying a reduction of fees will cripple learning institutions.

Tagwira said the fee hikes have since been rendered a nonevent by soaring inflation to the extent that they only cover about 70 per cent of institutions’ expenses. He said:

If institutions decrease fees, the reality is that there will be no quality education to talk of. Already, since the fee hikes, there has been inflation and the fees they are paying now can only cover at least 70% of the institutions’ expenses.

Tagwira added that the government understands their plight but there needs to be a consideration of how the fees came to be.

Tagwira’s remarks come as ZINASU together with teachers and nurses has called for a national shutdown next Monday in a “fees must fall” protest and against the skyrocketing cost of living.

Teachers and nurses say they are failing to make ends meet, with their salaries having been battered by inflation while university students say new tuition fees are unaffordable.

Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) national spokesperson Lenon Mazuru said they wanted to register their discontent at the current state of affairs in the country by calling for a national shutdown. Mazuru said:

We are calling and inviting all other unions to support us on May 9. We need the government to address us and we need the crisis to end. This thing is way beyond ‘fees must fall’, hence everyone must take part. Every university, college, we are going to shut them down.

Tagwira says ZINASU has a political agenda.

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) and Zimbabwe Professional Nurses Union (ZPNU) pledged full support for the shutdown, and urged their members to withdraw their services on the day.

In the past, the government has responded to protests by shutting down social media platforms, and deploying troops. 

Yesterday, Health Services Board (HSB) chairperson Paulinus Sikhosana said he was not aware that nurses were planning to join the protests.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe


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14 Comments

Advocate 1 week ago

apa pacharohwa vanhu apa such that u will NVR attempt to do it again in 2023, pavanenge varigger paya


Kodo 1 week ago

The demos will fail becoz team rekupinda nekumhanya will block these plans.. bt l wonder how much they are being paid 🤔🤔rtgs$


Harry Potter 1 week ago

Monday is the day otherwise dira rizare


Chawabvunza 1 week ago

My prediction is that Old People's Home Party will fall by the wayside at the Harmonised Elections in 2023.This rotten government keeps on increasing everything, yet it is refusing to increase workers salaries. This government must fall at the Harmonised Elections in 2023.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Dzedzi 1 week ago

both the government and Zinasu has their on Political agendas so a balanced assertion is of significancy on this scenario. dont blame Zinasu coz they have a genuine issue, Zicosu members dai mainzwa zvavanotaura vega over the state of affairs vavega not whilst marketing their affiliation mainzwa tsitsi,vazhinji vacho varikufira mumbereko


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Skuz Apo 1 week ago

everyone is complaining in Zim its time for the bigger heads to call it quits i dont see it getting any better chaora chinhu ichi


VYBZ KARTEL 1 week ago

But honestly my boss ED has failed totally. Ndirikunyara, everyday prices are going up.


𝔼𝕣𝕚𝕔 1 week ago

How come government only mentions the inflation issue when they are the ones receiving money in support of their fees hikes but wont acknowledge the same inflation when negotiating on salary increament !???


sanitizer 1 week ago

✅✅✅✅

1234 1 week ago

point

The Real Vaccine 1 week ago

🎓🎓🎓Zim is dead


😖😖 1 week ago

Mr Mnangagwa must resign. everything is going up but maPay aka freezer. tobhadharira vane vedu nei. mari yacho inobvepi. Mnangagwa! you failed the nation.


The Adjudicator 1 week ago

Demos and rioting on daily basis are signs of a failed state .Nurses are complaining,teachers,the same, students the same and even the man in the street is also complaining.
Citizens needs love and caring leaders.


Ndini Ndadaroo 1 week ago

kushaya shamu uku


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