Morgenster Teachers’ College cashes in on COVID-19 pandemic

FINAL year students at Morgenster Teachers’ College have raised alarm over tuition being charged them per term by school authorities, Zim Morning Post has gathered.

This publication understands that the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe-run institution is charging ZWL6 500 per term per student for online learning, among these WhatsApp, Google class and email platforms.

Students who spoke to this publication, however, indicated their disgruntlement at the e-learning arrangement, saying the college did not cover them for expenses ncurred while receiving their electronic studies.

A source who preferred anonymity had this to say:

We are being charged ZWL16 500 for e-learning.

College authorities have threatened that those who fail to pay the electronic tuition before August 15 would be deferred.

“Almost three quarters of the students can hardly afford the ZWL16 500 charge for e-learning per term,” the Zim Morning Post source, who is also a final year student at the Teachers’ College, said.

A communique issued by one (Dr) Mazire and seen by this publication said students who failed to meet the college’s payment scheme would not receive their their teaching practise results:

“Teaching Practise (TP) results will only be communicated to those with no TP fees arrears.

“Make sure you are paid up on your TP fees so that you get your results.

The communique by Mazire gave tentative dates for the reopening of college as August 26.

What this means is those who haven’t paid the TP money will now have to pay the cumulative ZWL33 000, which the majority of students (who are mostly from poor families) can ill afford,” one final year student said on condition of anonymity.