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Zimbabwe Student Leaders To Meet Minister Over Tuition Increases


University students in Bulawayo and other cities in Zimbabwe were back in class this week having suspended a boycott in protest of massive increases in tuition fees.

Student leaders were set to meet on Tuesday with Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge to discuss the fees and national education policy in general.

Zimbabwe National Students Union President Promise Mkwananzi said his members were awaiting the outcome of the meeting with Mudenge, and that they were ready to resume the boycott if the ministry refused to partially roll back the fee increases. Some university and technical college fees increased as much as 2,000% recently.

Mkwananzi, arrested last week with nine other activists, told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that students will keep protesting if they are ignored.

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