ZINASU declares protests against government
THE Zimbabwe National Student Union (Zinasu) has planned to hold countrywide protests to put more pressure on the government in addressing the increasingly tough economic conditions that have resulted to increasing university dropouts recently.
Alister Pfunye, the incumbent Zinasu president, said,
“We will be having protests on the 31st of August which has to do with students fees, we witnessed more than 12 000 dropping out last semester, we are expecting more than 500 000. Their parents are being retrenched from work, the liquidity crunch among other issues,” said Pfunye.
university students have been in the receiving end of this harsh economic situations with some female students resorting to immoral activities to keep up with appearances.
Pfunye said students would be joining protests to raise awareness around their plight.
“On the 31st of August we will institutions of high learning are going to resemble ghost towns. The students are swimming in a cesspool of poverty and free falling in a bottomless pit of economic hardships while the Zanu PF government is doing absolutely nothing to improve our plight,” he said.
ZINASU also plans to go against any institution that turns away students for failure of paying school fees.
“Given this background ZINASU has decided that institutions cannot be allowed to open because the majority of students have no money to pay fees as such, if institutions are opened the few that can afford will carry on with studies and live behind the many that have no financial capacity,” said Pfunye.
Lastly, he said
“What we are doing is sending a clear message to the Zanu PF regime that as long as it does not put in place mechanisms to ensure that those who have no money are afforded their right to education we will not allow public institutions which are supposed to carter for the under privileged to be institutions where only the rich learn and the poor.”