Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Godfrey Gandawa has revealed that all state-run institutions of higher learning will soon slash fees for students who are on industrial attachment. Students at universities and polytechnics pay full fees when they are on industrial attachment, despite the fact that they will not be using the institution’s resources. The minister said that the authorities were still in the process of coming up with the right amount.
Responding to questions in Parliament, Gandawa said:
The matter was brought to our attention when we had consultations with the students and we have engaged our institutions of higher learning to ascertain the actual cost of assessing the students when they are on attachment.
They are assessed twice during the year on which they are on attachment. I can assure the House that we are attending to that matter and the right cost will be charged, not the full fees that we are charging now,
This follows last month’s petition by the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) to Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo demanding the scrapping of fees for all students on attachment.