Mugabe scholarship hit by funding problems

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe will stop enrolling students under the Presidential Scholarship Fund at South African universities but at local universities due to a funding crisis.

The scheme’s administrators have admitted there is no money to pay for new students or meet the needs of the thousands already on the scheme.

Mugabe said fund executive director Chris Mushowe should begin signing deserving students with local universities.

“We should build a lot more schools and health facilities to make sure they are more accessible to our communities to ensure that every child is enabled education,” Mugabe said during the launch of the 23rd session of junior Parliament last Saturday.

“That has always been at the centre of our priorities.

“The presidential scholarship has today benefitted at least 20 000 students from vulnerable backgrounds.

“I heard vaChinamasa (Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa) saying there is no money anymore; we are saying let’s feed into our local universities.”

Mugabe also lamented that the majority of beneficiaries have chosen to work in foreign countries.

“Unfortunately, a lot (of them) stay in South Africa, what we did not do is impose a requirement that they work for the country for at least three years,” he said ruefully.

Last year, students enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Johannesburg, Wits University, Fort Hare and Monash were told not to return if fees were not paid upfront.

Despite Mugabe’s plans, Mushowe’s office recently called for applications for placements with foreign universities in the press.

He was unreachable for further comment yesterday.

Comments (9)

Its a blessing in disguise to our local colleges for sponsorship was going to wrong beneficiaries and wrong universities. The millions would have boosted local colleges. Our sisters are now safe from tigers in sheeps clothe.

El-Dodo - 24 June 2015

Its a blessing in disguise to our local colleges for sponsorship was going to wrong beneficiaries and wrong universities. The millions would have boosted local colleges. Our sisters are now safe from tigers in sheeps clothe.

El-Dodo - 24 June 2015

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 24 June 2015

What was the idea of wasting forex to send children to study in South Africa?? The education system in SA is not the best in this world so a blessing in disguise sure

Garikayi - 24 June 2015

Under good management such a project can't run out of funds no matter where the beneficiaries are working because it should be a self sustaining project. Those graduating and finding work anywhere in the world should sign an agreement to pay back the money. That is very simple to manage actually if people know what they are doing.

Ziziharinanyanga - 24 June 2015

If those responsible for the payment of fees are not ashamed of credits in foreign soils how about in Zimbabwe?Surely local universities have to be contend with non paying presidential beneficiaries.These are the same guys who have bleed institutions like zesa white.

pfocho - 25 June 2015

Who is suppose to pay the Gvt or the president from his own sources enlighten me please

bb - 25 June 2015

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