In a shocking revelation, students from most tertiary institutions are living in deplorable conditions in rented lodgings where there is no electricity and water.
A visit to Mt Pleasant which houses students from the University of Zimbabwe witnessed more than 10 students occupying a single room and in some instances the number is even more.
Apart from living like mice, each student pays over $100 per month.
Property-owners with 10-roomed houses are making a killing of at least more than $10 000 per month and some have described this as a money-spinning venture.
Some of the houses have no water and sub-standard ablution facilities.
The proximity to the university from their places of stay is the driving force why students opt to pay that much for rentals.
Contacted for comment, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira confirmed that currently accommodation for students is a big challenge.
“I can confirm that out of an approximate 180 000 students, only 15 000 have accommodation and we are partnering with private players so that very soon the challenge will be a thing of the past and we currently have $2 billion towards the construction of students’ accommodation,” said Professor Murwira.
Although this may be the situation at the University of Zimbabwe, it is also common in most tertiary institutions including the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Marymount Teachers College in Mutare, and the Midlands State University in Gweru, to mention but a few.