Students take govt head on-(08-02-07

HARARE - ZINASU has declared that the government is in unbridled violation of the UNESCO stipulation that it must allocate 26% of the national budget to the education sector.
"Furthermore the government has failed to uphold the Universal Declaration on Human Rights chapter 26 (1) which clearly s

tipulates that ‘everyone has a right to education’. The fees being charged in all the colleges in Zimbabwe are a clear insult to our parents. Most of them are poor peasant farmers and civil servants who are living way below the poverty datum line,” said a statement from the students’ organisation this week.
They said their research indicated that more than 31.5% students had dropped out of college since 10 February 2006 when the government introduced the new fee structure. They have demanded an immediate reversal of the fees hike, giving the government up to 13 February 2007, failing which they will embark on an indefinite class boycott from 14 February.
They also said all students will vote for the presidential elections in 2008 and not 2010.
“We support the industrial action by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Doctors and Nurses though are hearts are with the suffering patients. We are going to hold the government responsible for any loss of lives during the current industrial action,” adds the statement.

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