By Munyaradzi Rushwaya Chuma.
OVER the past year to date many students have been dropping out of colleges and universities. This has mainly been due to a failure to settle tuition fees.
The malady of this situation goes beyond the institutions themselves knocking at all sections of the economy – including government – and the general global economic outlook. There is need to create a temporal vaccine that can make our educational industry survive up until we can get a fairly normal economic state or we will continue to be eked with school dropouts.
Firstly, I will suggest that all institutions introduce very much flexible payment plans for the students that will allow a majority of them to register for their academic seasons. This will not necessarily mean they will lose their capital, but it means it will come within intervals agreed upon. Major tertiary institution projects that consume a lot of geld/money have to be paused and resumed later on when this anarchical frequency has stabilised. This will, therefore, mean all the incomes will cater for real basic institutional necessities and luxuries could be funded later on.
Motivation and not demotivating is another solution. There should be a platform created to engage those in need and motivate them rather than treating them like outcasts and impose a finger pointing and finger pointing culture where every problem an institution faces will be directed on them. We have cases at MSU where those who fail to settle fees in time are humiliated in public. It is not every student who takes on this with a bold heart, some students will feel unwanted and opt to just defer their studies.
Sterilisation of tuition fees is also critical at this juncture. In as much as $650 seems to be a normal fee to be charged for tuition per each academic semester, it will always be zombified by the fact that our economic state is terrible, thus we cannot venerate $650 at all. The fees structures need to be revised to a tallying amount. Wouldn’t it be henid if a loaf of bread was to be sold at $400 yet most civil servants earn that figure as their salary. In the same sense is our fees currently as well.
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