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Deputy Minister: Universities Cannot Demand Exclusively Foreign Currency Fees

Simelisizwe Sibanda, the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, The Government has mandated that universities and polytechnics accept fee payments in both local and foreign currencies, aligning with the country’s laws on the multi-currency regime. Sibanda emphasised this directive during an interview with The Sunday News.

The Government has mandated that universities and polytechnics accept fee payments in both local and foreign currencies, aligning with the country’s laws on the multi-currency regime.

Sibanda reiterated the Ministry’s stance, emphasizing the importance of facilitating fee payments to ensure the development of educational institutions. He underscored that all currencies must be accepted in accordance with government policy within the multi-currency regime.

Addressing recent legal disputes, Simelisizwe Sibanda expressed concern over the financial strain placed on students who resort to legal action. He highlighted alternative avenues for students unable to afford fees, such as the work-for-fees program, aligned with the President’s commitment to inclusivity.

Furthermore, Sibanda assured that the government is committed to ensuring access to education while maintaining conducive learning environments in universities.

In a related development, the High Court intervened in a case involving Midlands State University (MSU), directing the institution to allow students the option to pay fees in local currency at the prevailing interbank rate.

This decision came following an urgent application by three MBA students from MSU: Sabelo Saimano, Solomon Goredema, and Simbarashe Muzorori.

ZiMetro

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