Zinasu Challenges Barring Of Unvaccinated Varsity Students


THE Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) is contesting the move by some state universities barring learners not vaccinated against Covid-19 from accessing campus.

The militant students' body has written a letter lobbying government to stop discrimination against unjabbed learners, who are being denied access to classes and halls of residence.

The letter addressed to Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Amon Murwira was requesting the parent ministry to intervene over reports some colleges, such as Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), were turning away unvaccinated students. 

Zinasu secretary-general, Tapiwanashe Chiriga, described the decision to disallow students entering premises as an abuse of basic human rights in accessing education based on the failure of being vaccinated.

''We equally would like to believe, based on the available data, the government is yet to acquire enough vaccines to have the entire population vaccinated by now, and the right to education cannot be abrogated on the basis of one's failure to access the vaccine," wrote Chiriga.

He said while his organisation encourages vaccination, it must remain voluntary.

CUT Marketing and Public Relations manager, Musekiwa Tapera, defended the university saying it had embarked on an educational drive promoting vaccination against the deadly respiratory ailment, and had not forced anyone.

''It's not true that students are being barred, and neither are we forcing anyone to be vaccinated. We are carrying out awareness campaigns to encourage people to get vaccinated based on their personal choices.

"Actually our clinic is a designated vaccination centre, and we are pleased that many students are volunteering to be vaccinated. There are no forced vaccinations, and noone has been turned away as getting vaccinated is a personal choice." said Tapera.

The awareness programmes on the importance of vaccination follow government pronouncements that encourage vaccination, he added.

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