Midlands State University (MSU) students whose fees are paid by the government under the cadetship scheme were barred from graduating at the weekend.Government of late has been failing to pay students fees owing to a shrinking revenue base and a failing economy .Hundreds of students on cadetship missed graduation and they are not happy.
President Mugabe capped over 2 000 graduands but his broke government owes universities over $60 million in cadetship arrears and students on the program have been failing to access facilities like library and
computers at MSU due to non payment of fees.The cadetship programme was introduced when government ceased grants in
2008.Last year hundreds of cadetship students were allowed into the graduation hall at the last minute.
Nervous Munyavi, 25 of Budiriro who lost both parents and was enrolled on cadetship programme was saddened with development as his entire family was looking forward to the day.
“I cannot believe that what I was waiting for all these years would never materialise. I am the first graduate in my family and this was going to be a milestone,” a teary Munyavi told Radio VOP.
Erasmus Mupfiga, MSU Registrar said the position of the was that only students with fully paid accounts would graduate.
“This is the position of every university in Zimbabwe and we are no exception. Those with suppressed results cannot graduate unless we are advised otherwise by the Minister of Higher Education,” he said.
Most students on cadetship have their results suppressed hence cannot view their results and their final score.
Cadetship students will also be bonded for the duration they got cadetship assistance and will only get photocopies of certificates which makes it difficult to seek for employment.