Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira said the recent tuition fees hike for universities and colleges was justified, saying it was done to uphold quality education.
Parliamentarians on Wednesday quizzed Murwira on how workers, most of them who earn around $800 per month, will be able to afford university fees pegged at $5 000 for their children. In response, Murirwa said:
We determined the level of fees based on people’s income, and we followed procedures. We are saying we have to access quality education. Our last ordinance of 2019 was in United States dollars.
This is the first time that we are putting ordinances in Zimbabwean dollar. We are talking of levels of fees and not increases. We just determined the fundamentals of quality education.
… we cannot politick with higher and tertiary education. If we politick with it, we are politicking with our future.
The $5 000 is the tuition fee and does not include other fees that students have to pay. Students are expected to pay around $10 000 per semester when other fees are factored in.
Meanwhile, the government recently gazetted wages for domestic worked pegged at less than $200 per month.