University students in quandary over new fee structures

  • New university fees not yet approved
  • Universities will be opening soon

CONFUSION and inconsistency surrounds the university fees review, with the general public still in quandary.

Government recently announced that State universities should set their fees at a ceiling of ZWL 5 000 per semester for both conventional students and those on block release.

Despite the government’s order, some institutions such as Chinhoyi University of Technology have hiked tuition fees to ZWL10 000 and University of Zimbabwe to ZWL5 000.

University of Zimbabwe public relations officer Daniel Chihombori on Monday told Zim Morning Post that the fee structure was yet to be approved.

“The university’s new tuition and accommodation fees are not yet confirmed but will be under review,” Chihombori said.

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Amon Murwira on Sunday also emphasised that fee increases had not yet been approved and that universities should charge within the limits given by government.

“Every State university is governed by government and there are no fee increments that were approved for any State universities as we speak,” Murwira said, adding:

“Yes, the fees will be adjusted. Our adjustments will be based on processes we follow and people will be informed. We have reports that some tertiary institutions such as Mutare Polytechnic, Great Zimbabwe University and Midlands State University have increased their fees without government approval.”

Meawhile, universities will be opening soon and students would want to register for their courses and look for accommodation.


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