Bindura University of Science Education students yesterday approached the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry in Harare claiming the institution wanted to bar them from proceeding with their studies until they passed modules they had failed.
The students, who were on industrial internship until the opening of the new semester in August, said they were shocked when the university told them that as part of the new regulations stipulated under ordinance section 2 of 2015 to 2017 that they would have to de-register and return only after passing the failed modules. Students who had gathered at the ministry’s offices in the morning said they did not receive prior communication regarding the new decree as the old rules allowed them to continue with their studies and rewrite failed subjects.
Unlike other State universities that offer free supplementary exams for failed modules, Bindura University is the only one in Zimbabwe that charges $70 to retake a failed module. NewsDay could not reach Bindura University vice-chancellor Eddie Mwenje and Higher Education ministry officials for comment.