LSU students threatened to boycott exams demanding 80% of fees | Rare Techy


Students of Lupane State University (LSU) in Matabeleland North province have threatened to boycott exams starting today after the university demanded payment of 80% of fees before sitting the exams.

LSU Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President Mbonisi Ziziba said efforts to engage the authorities were unsuccessful.

“We had a meeting with the registrar on Friday. It was an exercise in futility as they refused to listen to our side of the story. They insisted on 80% or you don’t write. It is a violation of rights as (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) said, we have a right to education, don’t harass us because of fees. We have students who are supposed to start their exams on Monday (today) and they don’t know how they are going to raise money so quickly,” Siziba said.

Csaba said many students are likely not to take the exam.

“I’ve heard that not everyone wants to write. I request the students to attend the examinations avoiding violence by all means. Let us (SRC) deal with the matter,” said Siziba.

“We will do anything to persuade the Bursar and the rest of the team to allow our students to write. Exams are supposed to start on Monday, but we want to engage and find a way.

LSU spokesperson Zwelithini Dlamini said management and the SRC have agreed that all students must be registered to enter examination venues.

“Secondly, they agreed to pay at least 70% by the time they start writing. Those unable to meet the 80% threshold will work out individual payment plans for a 10% clearance. It is payable during the examination period,” said Dlamini.

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