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BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 26, 1991 — The in­take of stu­dents at the School of Mines has in­creased by 15 per­cent, the act­ing prin­ci­pal of the school, Cde Steven Mam­bondi­mumwe, said yes­ter­day.

Pre­sent­ing a re­port on the school’s per­for­mance at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Bu­l­awayo, Cde Mam­bondi­mumwe said this year’s in­take had im­proved con­sid­er­ably com­pared to pre­vi­ous years’ en­rol­ment. Last year, there were 19 first-year stu­dents, while this year there are 21, two of whom, are for­eign stu­dents.

Cde Mam­bondi­mumwe said both the staff and stu­dents were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion prob­lems and rec­om­mended that con­sid­er­a­tion be given to the pro­vi­sion of stu­dent hos­tels and staff houses at the new School of Mines site.

He said the staffing sit­u­a­tion at the school had im­proved but there was still need to re­cruit a sci­ence and elec­tri­cal-ori­ented lec­turer.

He also ex­pressed con­cern at the de­lays in pro­cess­ing fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults and salaries for new staff mem­bers. “The re­sults of ex­am­i­na­tions writ­ten in 1989 were only pub­lished in the third term of last year and this in­con­ve­nienced the stu­dents and their em­ploy­ers. New mem­bers of staff go two months with­out pay,’’ said Cde Mam­bondi­mumwe.

Mean­while the school of Mines may soon move to a new site ad­ja­cent to the Old Nic Mine just out­side the city, fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions by the school’s ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to the Min­is­ter of Mines, Mr Chris An­der­sen.

The School of Mines is cur­rently op­er­at­ing from the Bu­l­awayo Polytech­nic. About $350 000 would be needed to set up tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion at the new site and an­other $350 000 for buy­ing of ad­di­tional equip­ment.

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