Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. Mkoba Teachers’ College (MTC) in Gweru has barred third-year students who were on teaching practice from attending lectures until they pay $20 000 in fees. The sum is just for college fees excluding accommodation and meals.
On Tuesday MTC security personnel, working under the instruction of the principal Florence Dube locked the gates on the over 100 third-year students.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said police were called in to maintain law and order at the college.
Emmanuel Masuku (not his real name), told Chronicle that he was supposed to start his final year of training as a primary school teacher this month after he did teaching practice at a school in Gokwe, enduring a year earning a small salary. He said:
I am coming in for the third and final year. I was doing my teaching practice at a school in Gokwe and we were getting less than US$10 as salary.
We had to soldier on because we wanted to complete our teaching practice.
Today we thought we would be allowed into the college only to be met with closed gates and later the police came and we dispersed.
We are aware of the need to settle our debts and we thought we were going to be allowed into the college so that we make payment plans. That’s all.
We are coming from different backgrounds but one common denominator is we were not paid well to save money for college fees. We are not blaming anyone but we just need time to pay.
The publication could not get a comment from the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Amon Murwira whose mobile phone went unanswered.