THE Government has ordered state universities not to send students on cadetship back home or bar them from writing exams despite government's failure to fund their education.
The government owes colleges and universities about
Higher education minister,
"Results for students on cadetship should be released unconditionally, in the form of certified copies of their transcripts and or certificates," she said.
The directive which might be a relief to students comes at a time most universities were barring those who had not paid fees from writing exams and not giving them results in an event that they manage to sit for the tests.
Muchena, who was accompanied by Finance minister
"We would like to stress that no student whether he or she has made a partial payment or is on cadetship scheme should be barred from writing end of semester examinations," she said
According to a position paper presented to heads of state universities last week, government owes universities and colleges
The debt has accumulated over the past six years.
Two weeks ago, permanent secretary for higher education Washington Mbizvo told parliament that most students were living in squalor due to governments' failure to finance their education.
The sorry state of affairs, according to Mbizvo, did not only affect local students, but those in foreign lands with reports some were forced to sleep at rail stations after being chucked out of hostels due to non-payment of fees.
Chinamasa said he would look for the money to ensure that no student fails to acquire the much-needed education.
"The treasury is fully aware of the debt and when our financial state improves we will fulfil our obligations. We are committed to paying the money we owe universities," Chinamasa said.
"We will start by honouring our 2014 commitment. We should look at the bigger picture that is to improve our education system. We do not want universities to collapse and that is why we are looking for the money."
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