UZ hikes tuition by over 10pc

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest tertiary institution, has increased tuition by more than 10 percent.

The move has left the students’ community shell-shocked and hamstrung considering the prevailing state of the economy.

The citadel of tertiary learning is scheduled to open its doors on February 24. 

Students in the Social Sciences departments who used to pay $450 per semester are now being asked to fork out $502 at a time when most of the students’ parents and guardians are earning salaries that are by far below this amount in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

Medical students are the hardest hit as they are now expected to pay more than $700 per semester after the fees were unilaterally increased.

Students on compass accommodation are also expected to pay more for food and accommodation at the campus.

While vice chancellor Levy Nyagura was not immediately available for comment yesterday, the Students Solidarity Trust blasted the unilateral hike saying at this rate, education has been completely commodified as only the elites can now access it.

“The provision of basic and affordable education to all is now in rigor mortis,” SST said in a statement.

Insiders say the tuition hike has been effected to benefit lecturers whose marking allowances are set to be increased.

Comments (8)

Most of the parents can afford these fees. Let's not pretend. How much is a boarding school these days - $300 to $400 per term or $900 to $1200 per year. For 2 semesters at UZ this translates to just $1004 per year. Which is cheaper?

dick mboko - 23 February 2014

Sure uri mboko iwe. University is a state investment nearing maturity. It is from graduate that you get vital human resources for national development and even meaning Income Tax for the fiscas. Hah mani siyai vana vadzidze kani, isu taito ripwa kudzidza pa UZ pacho tichidya quality food.

Murevi Wechokwadi - 23 February 2014

they are looting school leavers increased application forms from $20 to $50

masimba - 23 February 2014

Its just crazy increasing University fees, silly ideas coming up in the minds of the govt. We learnt at UZ and were paid to be there becaz the nation knew it would be benefiting in return, now what is this that we are now seeing? That's why when graduands leave the institution, they go and develop somewhere else rather than their own country, they know that their govt is a greedy bunch of politicians aiming at ripping off where they didn't sow. Its now a batter trade system, give me money then l can give u the skills, no more patriotism. Let the people learn for subsidized fees!!!!

Kauchy - 23 February 2014

i think these fees are still very low as compared to other universities. At Harare Institute of Technology we are paying US$780 per semester and its almost half of what is being paid at HIT. I don't know with other universities I think they are also in that range. Even when you look at the fees being paid by parents at most boarding schools they are above US$500. Sometimes we need to look at the fees being paid by parents in other institutions before we write such stories in newspapers. Apa ndipo patinoti homework haina kuitwa. I am not saying fees should be increased, but musanyepa kuti vana vakawanda will drop from university.

studio77 - 24 February 2014

its such a shame that we, zimbabweans, are now accustomed to life of complains only even if it's not worth. the fees are not such disturbing, i'm one of the students at the uz. pliz help better zimbabwe, we cannot afford free education for even the policy has failed even in the USA.

kudamurasta - 24 February 2014

In a country where the average pay is $250 per month, its way too much, esp for those who live clean and honourable lives devoid of corruption nemadhiri dhiri echimbavha. There is no shame in kushaiwa in a country devasted by poverty and misrule!

Tongogara - 25 February 2014

i think the fees are quiet low,fair and reasonable @UZ as compared to international UNIVERSITY standards. in europe tuition fees are never less than $15000 per year. SO I URGE the lazy zimbabwean society to work harder not to cry for low prices. always indeginize your local resources to raise funds not just cry

ntino - 11 January 2017

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