|Varsity students in quandary over lost forms|
|Monday, 04 February 2013 18:48|
Oliver KazungaA total of 121 students at Lupane State University who applied for the Government’s cadetship programme in 2011 are in a quandary after the university lost their application forms.
“The university has asked the 121 students who applied for the cadetship programme in 2011 to resubmit the application forms.
“We have been told that the forms were lost and the only way to resolve the matter was for us to resubmit the forms. There is no guarantee that the forms that we are resubmitting will not be lost again,” said one of the affected students.
It is alleged that some of the cadetship students have over the years been struggling to sit for the examinations at LSU because their applications had not been processed.
“For the past three semesters, some of the 2011 cadetship students could not write examinations as authorities at LSU told them that their forms had not been approved.
LSU information and public relations officer Mr Zwelithini Dlamini confirmed the dilemma that some of the 2011 cadetship students were facing.
“It is true that 121 students who applied for the cadetship programme at LSU have been asked to resubmit their forms because the office in Harare misplaced or lost their application forms.
“The students have been asked to come for re-registration under the scheme and so far over 50 percent of them have come through,” he said.
Mr Dlamini said he was not aware of cadetship students at LSU who could not write examinations because their forms had not been approved.
“I don’t know of such students because once they pay their registration fees, they are allowed to write examinations.
“Of late our concern has been the delays of disbursement of the fees to the university by Government; otherwise generally once a student is accepted by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education for the cadetship programme, we do not bother the student,” he said.
In the 2013 national budget, the Ministry of Finance set aside $30 million for the cadetship programme.
An estimated 33 568 students are believed to be on Cadetship out of a student population of about 75 000.