Zimbabweans eye Zambia for quality, affordable study options

An estimated 10,000 young Zimbabweans running away from high unemployment and a broken economy among other factors have turned their backs on local universities and are now studying in Zambia, writes Garikai Mafirakureva for The Masvingo Mirror.

Lusaka Health Institute alone has an estimated 123 first-, second- and third-year nursing students, The Mirror was told. Joseph Mukina, an agent who processes applications for Zimbabwean students, said that there are at least 200 Zimbabwean students in each of the 58 institutes of higher learning that he deals with. This brings the estimated total number of Zimbabwean students in the country to over 10,000. A source at Chirundu Border Post said the flood of Zimbabwean students crossing north into Zambia at the start of new semesters cannot be ignored anymore.

Parents and students who spoke to The Mirror gave various reasons why Zambia has become their first choice for education. They said that Zambian universities are generally cheaper and fees are paid in the local currency which is stable, unlike the Zimbabwean currency. The fees in Zambia start from as little as US$300. The Zimbabwean Minister of Higher Education Dr Amon Murwira said he saw nothing wrong with Zimbabweans going to Zambia to further their education.
Full report on The Masvingo Mirror site