Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) students have threatened legal action against the institution over its poor quality education system and violation of the COVID-19 regulations.
The university announced that examinations are tentatively scheduled to start on 11 August if lockdown restrictions are eased.
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In a letter written to the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE), the students complained:
We want to alert you on the fast deteriorating quality of education as qualified academic personnel is leaving the institution for greener pastures.
There is a shortage of lecturers and the few that are there are demoralized due to poor working conditions and poor remuneration.
For this current semester it has been worse because most lecturers were not turning up for lectures and when we raise such issues, we are often victimised and silenced using their suppressive laws.
The university does not have enough resources to protect students against Covid-19. The lecture rooms are overcrowded, hostels are overcrowded having four students per room, large gatherings such as morning devotions continue to be conducted as it also happened in June when there was a law prohibiting such gatherings.
We approach your good offices with hope after trying to air the same through our elected representatives whom they victimised for representing us. If your offices fail to resolve this, we will be left with no other option than to seek legal recourse.
The government announced recently that learning institutions remained closed until the 10th of this month when authorities will assess whether it is viable to reopen schools or not.
School reopening for the second term has so far been postponed three following the outbreak of the third wave of the coronavirus.