Students Up In Arms Over Govt Plans To Scrap “Useless” Degrees

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Students Up In Arms Over Govt Plans To Scrap “Useless” Degrees

The government’s plans to scrap what it termed “useless” degrees from State universities have been met with anger and anguish from civic society, human rights groups and students.

This comes after the government directed the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) to audit all degrees at State universities in order to abolish “irrelevant” programmes that were are creating “idle” graduates.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions western region chairperson Ambrose Sibindi said

The government approved these degrees and citizens invested money on the same, as they paid huge sums of money on fees. Some people are already in employment having used those degrees, the question is what is their fate now? They are in danger of losing their jobs or losing chances of promotion.

A student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) said,

What has happened with these guys? You cannot label as ‘useless’ the same degrees you approved in the past. It is like a doctor prescribing a drug and then soon after you buy it the same doctor tells you that it does not work. Utter nonsense!

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