The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Desire Mutize Sibanda, has announced that his Ministry has reviewed tuition fees for students on industrial attachment after considering issues raised by stakeholders.
We publish the statement in full below,
MINISTRY OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
REVIEW OF TUITION FEES FOR STUDENTS ON ATTACHMENT PRESS STATEMENT
The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development is pleased to advise all Parents/Guardians/Sponsors, that all Higher and Tertiary Education students on industrial attachment/ teaching practice will now be required to pay 60% of tuition fees with immediate effect. This new policy abolishes Circular No 6 of 1997 which required students on attachment to pay full tuition fees.
The decision has been taken after careful consideration of the economic environment and the solo economic status of the majority of the students. Students on attachment meet the cost of accommodation, food and transport to and from work. The Ministry has considered the variable and fixed costs attendant to students’ supervision and utilisation of teaching and teaming facilities.
In reducing the cost to 60% of tuition, the Ministry considered that institutions require funds to meet supervisory costs for each student on attachment albeit the majority of students continue to access library and other learning facilities whilst on attachment. Higher and tertiary education institutions play an important role In the economic and social development of the country.
The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development is committed to promoting Inclusive and quality education in line with Sustainable Development Goal Number four of Vision 2030.
Desire Mutize Sibanda
Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development,
7 March 2018