By Minehle Moyo
Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) students have expressed disappointment at their Matabeleland Student Representative Committee (SRC) following its failures to hid to their calls in an online protest regarding the commencement of examinations which they said risked exposing them to the deadly Corona Virus.
The exams have been slated for the 15th to the 19th of June 2020.
The institution’s examinations are centralised at its Harare headquarters and the students’ bemoaned the idea as it poses threats to their health amid the spread of covid-19 virus.
A student from the University who spoke to The Tenacity Post on condition of anonymity said they fruitlessly engaged the Matabeleland SRC which ignored their issues especially that concerning the possible exposure to the pandemic among other issues.
“We have noticed cases are increasing daily and l feel we as students are being used as experimental equipment. We all know many Zimbabwe Open University students come from across the nation and beyond borders, gathering us together is exposing us greatly to this pandemic” they said.
Some of these students fear that they will not make it to the examinations in time because of financial constraints.
Other students highlighted that they do not posses any letters that allow them to travel and pleaded with the university to provide them with such letter.
“Can we get letters from the institution that will allow us to pass at the roadblocks because some of us face challenges as they want letters stating the purpose of our travel” they said.
The university’s failure to decentralise has affected students who now have to travel to Harare to sit for exams in spite of the rising corona virus cases.
Another student attested that all these problems are prevailing due to the incompetency of the SRC President,
“The President of the Matabeleland SRC is actually untouchable and unreasonable ever since he was voted in.
Before election he was a people’s person”
The students therefore call on the Matabeleland SRC to take their pleas to the top authorities in order to prevent Covid 19 transmission during the examination period.