Cadetship debt balloons

Dr Godfrey Gandawa

Dr Godfrey Gandawa

Harare Bureau
Government owes tertiary institutions $62 million in fees for students under the cadetship programme, Deputy Minister for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa has said.

Dr Gandawa told the National Assembly last week that they were engaging Treasury in an effort to clear the debt that has compromised the smooth running of the institutions.

“We have challenges in the payment of the cadetship fees and to date, our institutions of higher learning are owed $62 million by Government across all institutions. As Government, we have engaged our counterparts in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development because it is the Treasury’s duty.

“It is not the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development that must pay the institutions, but it is Treasury that is supposed to pay the institutions,” he said.

He said Treasury had resolved to pay the institutions $30 000 each per month, to go towards payment of the debt.

“We sympathise with our institutions because they really need that money to make sure that the institutions are running. We have engaged Treasury. They are now paying $30 000 every month to the institutions spread across so that at least they cushion the institutions until the whole debt is cleared,” Dr Gandawa added.

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