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Zimbabwe University Students Barred From Exams Over Fee Arrears

More than 140 students were barred from taking exams at the University of Zimbabwe last week because they they had failed to pay tuition fees, student union sources said. Some 1,400 students were named in a university list as in arrrears on their fees.

The Zimbabwe National Students Union expressed disappointment at the decision by school authorities, saying they were insensitive to the plight of students hard-pressed to meet constantly rising fees in a hyperinflationary economic environment.

Some students threatened to demonstrate, but sources in the Zimbabwe National Students Union said the organization was in negotiations with school authorities to see how the excluded students might be allowed to complete their exams.

ZINASU Secretary General Maureen Kademaunga told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the university’s decision to exclude students with arrears is disappointing because other universities have not taken such action.

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