Victory amidst defeat in Zim varsities

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) faces many challenges throughout Zimbabwe, but international representation in Singapore and justice at home brings hope to the educational sector.

Students arrived for the first day of term at Midlands State University only to find that their fees had been raised from Z$12 000 to Z$40 000. By mid-week the Registrar was forced to suspend lectures indefinitely due to an unofficial withdrawal of staff.

At Harare Polytechnic students went on strike against the deterioration in their evening meals and the poor standard of sanitation in their hostels, with 184 students using one toilet. The principal allowed the youths to form an interim students’ representative council, which has engaged ZINASU.

Ten University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students and ZINASU members travelled to Singapore on September 25, 2008 to represent the country in this year’s edition of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup. UZ is the defending champion of the cup, which it won in New York last year against the other 40 competing countries.

The Member of Parliament for St Mary’s and former ZINASU Advocacy Officer, Marvellous Khumalo, former ZINASU Treasurer General, Themba Maphenduka and six other ZINASU members were on acquitted of public violence charges on October 1 after a plea to the Chitungwiza Magistrates Court.  

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