MPs slam state of Zim colleges

HARARE - Lawmakers have slammed government’s failure to create employment for college graduates and the poor state of infrastructure at the country’s institutions of higher learning.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Zanu PF and MDC legislators concurred that government must upgrade infrastructure at State universities and also create employment.

“We have examples of universities where students have nowhere to sleep. They have no proper campuses. You end up with people going to classes in makeshift places and they do not have accommodation,” MDC Warren Park MP Elias Mudzuri said.

Zanu PF MP for Chegutu West, Dexter Nduna said government must make sure that it creates employment first before enrolling.

MDC MP for Binga North, Prince Dubeko Sibanda said problems at colleges can be traced to poor working conditions for university lecturers.

“One thing to note, Madam Speaker, is the remuneration for lecturers. If you go around most of the universities, you find that our lecturers are paupers. They are very poor and they get meagre salaries that rarely come. What we are saying is that lecturers play a critical role when it comes to the moulding of our human resource base.

Mutasa Central MDC MP Trevor Saruwaka said he had an opportunity to study at Bindura University of Science Education.

“It was very sad that the name is Bindura University of Science Education, but when I went there from 2012 to 2015, we had some classes that were just basic classrooms without the use of projectors or modern technology to deliver education.”

Saruwaka said they ended up at Chipindura High School where they had to carry desks from one class to another.

“So, I do not think we can say we have a university where students have to move furniture from one class to the other, running after each other fighting for chairs to sit on. I just want to say it will be very important that government put at least minimum standards before they allow a university to open.

“If the infrastructure is not ready, we must not force matters so that we can say we have this university operating yet the students there are not getting quality education,” he said.

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