UCE stu­dents up in arms over al­lowance de­duc­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma Chron­i­cle Reporter

STU­DENTS from the United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion in Bu­l­awayo are up in arms with the col­lege’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for al­legedly de­duct­ing tu­ition fees from their in­dus­trial at­tach­ment al­lowances with­out their con­sent.

The stu­dents said the col­lege was de­duct­ing money from their teach­ing prac­tice al­lowance and chan­nelling it to­wards their tu­ition fees.

The se­nior in­take stu­dents rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil pres­i­dent Mr Calvin Mag­wegwe said the coun­cil had en­gaged the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion over the is­sue.

“We have asked the ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­duce the amounts it is de­duct­ing so that stu­dents are left with enough money to meet their ba­sics while on teach­ing prac­tice and the au­thor­i­ties have agreed. We will find out at the end of this month if this was ef­fected,” said Mag­wegwe.

The ju­nior in­take SRC pres­i­dent Mr Buzani Ndlovu said stu­dents who went for teach­ing prac­tice this term had also been af­fected by the high de­duc­tions which left them with very lit­tle money to use.

“We hope the col­lege au­thor­i­ties will re­duce the amounts it is de­duct­ing this month,” said Ndlovu.

The UCE Prin­ci­pal, Mr Adam Luthuli re­ferred ques­tions to the stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil.

“I can­not talk to you be­fore you talk to the SRC. Stu­dents go via the SRC so find the SRC and hear what they have to say first,” he said. He was, how­ever, un­reach­able af­ter­wards. One of the stu­dents who pre­ferred anonymity for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion said they had tried to en­gage the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion through their lead­ers to no avail.

“We en­gaged the SRC over the is­sue but it seems noth­ing is be­ing done to ad­dress our prob­lem. We are told that the money be­ing de­ducted goes to­wards fees but we need the money while out there,” he said.

Another stu­dent who was de­ployed to a school in Mata­bele­land North said she was strug­gling to make ends meet as her par­ents had with­drawn sup­port be­cause she was be­ing paid an al­lowance.

“Af­ter the col­lege stop or­der, I only get $29 which is only enough for the bus to and from Lu­pane. My par­ents think that Iam be­ing paid enough to meet my ba­sics while on my teach­ing prac­tice yet this is not the case,” she said.—@ andile_t­shuma

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