THE University of Zimbabwe has increased fees by between 90-100%, pushing up the figure to be paid for next semester beginning in August to around $200 million.
The latest increase means that the fees will jump from the current $90 million
a year to between $150 million and $200 million per semester depending on the degree programme.
State universities throughout the country are also expected to increase fees as government is mulling to cede the paying of lecturers’ and staff salaries to universities and not the fiscus.
The increment was announced on Tuesday last week, the same day a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture chaired by Fidelis Mhashu, the MDC legislator for Seke, tabled its findings after touring Midlands State University, Mkoba and Hillside Teachers colleges, Bulawayo Polytechnic and several other higher institutions nationwide.
The tour was meant to assess the situation on the campuses and to get the side of students and the staff on the problems they are facing. It was mainly prompted by complaints from students and parents after the government raised fees at tertiary institutions by more than 500% in February.
“Our findings were that students are struggling to raise the required fees and actually many dropped out of college. We recommend that government also raise the grants that are given to students so that they tally with the fees they are to pay,” Mhashu said.
“State grants to students fall far short of what they are to pay as tuition and accommodation fees.”
Currently, students from universities are given $13 million a semester as grants yet they are expected to pay between $28 million and $90 million a semester depending on what degree programme they are studying for.