HIT STUDENTS GO ON STRIKE, VOW TO DISRUPT LECTURES UNTIL DEMANDS ARE MET
Students at the Harare Institute of Technology(H.I.T) reached a breaking point yesterday after authorities failed to address their grievances and engaged in a crippling strike that brought the university to a standstill.
The striking students raised a number of concerns namely that of the poor wi-fi connection at the country’s technology hub,Secondly they cried foul over the fees breakdown structure which they claimed did not make sense and was giving them the short end of the stick.
Our news crew got in touch with some of the students (names withheld) and this is what they had to say.
“Every semester we are charged $15 for a new student ID but of late we have gone 2 years with the same ID and if you lose it,you are expected to pay a penalty.To make matters worse we are also charged a transport fee but last year during the Zimbabwe University Sports Association(ZUSA) games,The institution failed to hire an extra bus to take students to the games.”
“The Curriculum at HIT is very demanding,Imagine being forced to do 10 modules and a project all in the space of a semester and never getting a break between lectures.We come to school at 8am and finish lectures at 6pm.We are overworked and hardly have time for extra curricular activities,let alone a social life”
“Kugara muHostel kunorwadza,gaya kuti vanoti tione Kwese,dish risina kana bhora zvinoita here izvozvo.”
Another issue the students raised was that of the poor diet and the dilapidated state of the Dining Hall’s cutlery..
The frustrated students vowed to continue with the strike until their demands are met.
Efforts to get a comment from H.I.T officials were fruitless at the time of publication.