Executive Director of the Presidential Scholarship Programme, Cde Chris Mushowe has castigated politicians who are trying to politicise the programme saying it is apolitical and for everyone.
The programme initiated by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has been criticised by some politicians who have mistakenly branded it a partisan programme.
Addressing students and parents during the sending off ceremony of 150 students to South African universities, Executive Director of the programme, Cde Chris Mushowe took a swipe at parliamentarians who are trying to tarnishÂ the image of the scholarship programme saying the students are not from any political party, but come from all districts in the country regardless of their political affiliations.
â€œIt is wrong for some politicians to politicise this programme as it caters for students from all corners of the country. Political affiliation is not among the requirements for one to benefit from the Presidential Scholarship Programme,â€ said Cde Mushowe.
Students who are off to Peninsular University of Technology, Western Cape University and Stellan Bosch University in South Africa and their parents expressed their gratitude to the programme saying it has given them a life line since they couldnâ€™t afford to further their education.
â€œWe thank President Mugabe for initiating such a programme as some of us could not afford to give tertiary education to our children,â€ one parent said.
The Presidential Scholarship Programme was started in 1995 by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe to cater for the disadvantaged students who are bright but do not have resources to pay for their tuition.
The programme which began with students going to Fort Hare University has since spread to 15 other universities in South Africa and has benefited over 5 000 students.