Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation Science and Technology Development, Amon Murwira on Tuesday said the recent tuition fees increase by some State Universities is illegal since the adjustments were not approved by the government.
Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) increased tuition fees for block release students from $1 300 to between $9 600 and $15 000 depending on the degree level. This was confirmed by the university’s director of information Anderson Chipatiso on Wednesday. He said:
Indeed fees for block release programmes were increased. Refer to www.gzu.ac.zw for more details. The increase is in tandem with the cost of running the programmes. The University has of late been subsidising the cost of running the programmes and that has proved unsustainable.
Block release and cohort programmes are full fee-paying programmes classified under self -funding programmes for universities, hence they are at liberty to charge fees that can enable them to provide the service without subsidies.
It is from these fees that the university can pay lecturers’ allowances (hourly wages), hire venues for teaching and learning and provide fuel to power generators as well pay for Wi-Fi and other services for the block release programmes.