THE Zimbabwe National Student Union (Zinasu) has written a petition to the government demanding it should fulfil its constitutional mandate of ensuring education is a basic right accessible to all students in the country.
Zinasu directed its petition to the Speaker of Parliament, the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Education and the Higher and Tertiary Education minister.
Zinasu president Gilbert Mutubuki said students had realised that as a result of non-implementation of and non-adherence to the Constitution, around 25 000 students were failing to access education.
“The government has failed to fulfil its mandate and we are not going to rest until all our grievances as future leaders of this country are addressed,” he said.
“What they are doing is discriminatory in nature.”
Mutubuki said most students were failing to learn because of exorbitant tuition fees, inflexible payment plans, expensive and inaccessible ancillary services.
He said they will petition the parliamentary portfolio committee demanding the implementation of the right to education as per section 75 subsection 1 of the Constitution.
Mutubuki further said they were demanding the reintroduction of academic loans, grants and universally affordable payment plans.
“Education is a universal human right as enshrined in the Zimbabwean Constitution. Regional bodies, such as the African Union and international organisations like the United Nations (advocate for universal education),” he said.
“Sadly, Zimbabwe remains a backwater, where education has become a preserve for the rich while relegating the poor outside academic radars.”