Students fail to pay

BULAWAYO - Midlands State University (MSU) has suspended its five-month old Masters and Bachelor of Education (M.Ed. and B.Ed) degree programmes after most of the students failed to pay the required second semester tuition fees raising fears it might be discontinued. Tuition fees for the M.Ed. and B

.Ed programmes are pegged at $14 million and $8 million respectively and lectures for the two programmes were supposed to run between 3 and 14 January. The university reportedly refused part payment proposals by students indicating that lectures would not commence if they failed to pay. “We tried to negotiate for part payments but the university declined to accept our proposals and now our fears are that all students will be forced to quit,” said one of the students who declined to be named. Another M.Ed student said “even if we manage to raise the fees, we will be under pressure to cover for lost ground, presentations, assignments and at the same time prepare for the examinations due in June. We are likely to fail the examinations.” Lectures for the two programs are conducted during school holidays. Meanwhile, some schools in Bulawayo have started sending back home hundreds of students whose parents have failed to pay hiked school fees.- CAJ News

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