'Restore students' grants'

BULAWAYO - Students at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) struggling to pay their tuition fees have implored government to restore students’ grants.

This comes as hundreds of students were ordered by the university not to sit for their end of year examinations if they had not settled their tuition fees. They however had the order lifted following the intervention of the Higher Education ministry following an article in the Daily News, titled Save us: poor students plead.

The students have showered praises on Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo for the timely intervention, but  also took aim at government’s failure to attend to the welfare of students across the country.

Former Nust student leader, who is now a member of Zimbabwe Coalition for Unemployed Graduates (ZCUG) Rodwell Nyika, challenged government to come up with clear policies that would permanently address the plight of students.

“The nicodemous disappearance of students’ grants and subsequently the cadetship programme remains eloquent epiphanies to how anti-education the government of the day has long become.

“Wouldn’t you think that had it been that these students were getting proverbial students grants, non-payment of fees wouldn’t be a challenge to any of these proletariat students.

“Restoration of both students grants and cadetship programme can only be a giant step towards redressing Section 75 of our new Constitution, reference being made to ‘state funded education’,’’ Nyika said.

He slammed the President Robert Mugabe’s government for presiding over decades of failure in the education system. 

Nyika added: “It is with sincere sincerity that I embolden the government of Zimbabwe to take a serious inventory of the submissions made herein as a prerequisite ingredient to buttress the right to education as enshrined in our supreme law of the land.”

Comments (1)

@Nyika, you exemplify the narrowness of our education system by using so many big words to express a very simple message. We do not need to use 'complicated' language to show our smarts. In my opinion, you are better using plain language, direct and persuasive. That way, the everyday person will know, understand and more likely to share your grievance.

Gudo - 3 December 2016

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