Re-introduce grants for students urgently

EDITOR — Many students are abandoning their studies halfway as the economy continues to sink with many breadwinners getting out of employment. We appeal to our Zanu PF government to re-introduce grants for students as a matter of urgency. These grants are a permanent solution to curb massive dropouts at tertiary institutions over tuition, not ministerial directives which can be disregarded.

This comes as learning institutions — even primary and secondary schools — are finding it hard to offer quality education as students are unable to clear their tuition arrears. And in trying to curb the crisis, government ordered the institutions not to bar the desperate students, but structure payment plans. The Higher and Tertiary Education ministry also directed learning institutions to allow students to sit for their examinations, but withhold the results until fees are fully paid.

With the current liquidity crunch the move to allow payment plans  may not work because the guardians have no source of income.

Government should re-introduce grants because they are a better solution to the problem of inability to pay fees than payment plans.

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