University and college students will not be returning to campuses on June 1, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira told Sunday News on Saturday that the June 1 date was only set to allow universities and colleges to start preparations for reopening.
Murwira said some institutions of higher learning, for instance, Lupane State Unversity, were being used as quarantine centres, therefore, students can only return after the inmates leave. He said:
Universities are rolling out the programme of reopening. It is not like we set the date saying as from June 1 things will be happening this way.
It is a gradual programme of opening because as you know, for example, Lupane State University is still being used as a quarantine centre.
There is a day that the last quarantined person will leave. It is after that day that the university will then be able to have the presence of final year students.
Otherwise, we are having blended learning. Blended learning is using online learning as well as face-to-face. When it comes to face-to-face our first priority will be the final year students.
Meanwhile, the Midlands State University (MSU) said it will start welcoming back final year students at its various campuses from June 22.
In a letter, MSU’s registrar Tinashe Zishiri announced that students that had paid their accommodation fees prior to the lockdown are exempted from doing so again while those that had not paid are required to pay $800.