The president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) Pijiwest Nhamburo has pleaded with the government to intervene in the plight of students in tertiary institutions who are reportedly having a difficult time due to economic hardships.
Addressing students at Kwekwe Polytechnic, Nhamburo said:
We would like to acknowledge the efforts being made by the government to improve conditions in tertiary level institutions.
We would like to applaud the government for creating innovation hubs amongst other initiatives. We are happy we have a government with a vision, we have a government that is people-based, a mass-based government.
Government introduced a noble initiative in the student loan facility. However, since its inception, only a few people have benefited and conditions are difficult to meet, that’s why most students are struggling to pay their tuition.
He also encouraged the government to extend the scholarship programme to students learning in local universities and colleges, not only those going to learn outside the country.
Nhamburo added that students are also having challenges in securing attachments. He added that instead of the usual 12 or 8 months, students are going for a lesser period because they would have secured the attachments late.
Nhamburo has also called for a review of the allowances being given to student teachers saying the money was too little for them to even buy learning material.