Deal with abuse of female students at tertiary institutions

EDITOR — President Emmerson Mnangagwa once threatened to fire college and university lecturers who ask for sexual favours from female students in a statement he made on January 9, 2018 when he was addressing college and university officials in Harare. The issue of sexual harassment has been at play for some time now without any fruitful solutions to nip it right in the bud.

Sexual harassment in tertiary institutions has been a burning issue for quite some time now and also there were no proper implementation of the available policies to safeguard female students from the perpetrators of sexual harassment.  Female Student Network Trust (FSNT), an organisation that works with female tertiary education students in Zimbabwe has made efforts in trying to curb sexual assaults in learning institutions.

The organisation has made campaigns to establish policies that can safeguard the female students and this was effective to some extent. Thus, with the president supporting the efforts of various organisations in fighting for the rights of female students, this can allude to a future success in reducing sexual harassment cases in tertiary institutions. 

Like what the president mentioned “we must preserve and safeguard our cultural integrity”, it is the duty of everyone to partake a role in protecting the female students and refrain from such immoral acts.
This must end  and those cought should face the music.
 

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