Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Professor Amon Murwira has urged tertiary education students to take advantage of the students’ loan scheme amidst reports that universities are a fresh bid to raise fees.
Universities’ tuition fee was set at between $3 500 and $5 000 per semester for universities, depending on course, while tuition at colleges was set at between $500 and $1 500.
Meanwhile, the government has not set a limit to ancillary fees (which include registration, examination, maintenance, medical aid, technology, students union, sports levy, laboratory, travel, student development, fieldwork and graduation fees), accommodation and meals.
Murwira said that students on attachment are allowed to pay 60% of the tuition fees. He said:
The loan scheme is meant to be used because we can see that our fees are still lower than that of high schools. There is no way a student can go to a university without chemicals, equipment and stuff meant for.
Parents should capitalise on the loan scheme and they have to understand that this is not a cash economy hence we encourage them to take loans.
The development comes when the country’s economy is inflationary and workers’ salaries have remained stagnant making it difficult for many even to afford basic commodities.
More: The Herald
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