CUT dragged to court by student
4 July 2018
A FINAL year student at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) has dragged the institution before the High Court over the latter’s “unfair administrative decision” she claimed “violates right to education”.
Cited as respondents in the matter are the university’s registrar, vice-chancellor, while the university is the third respondent.
In an urgent chamber application, Taonga Hungwe, who is studying towards a degree in Accountancy, said the university’s portal used to register students allowed her to register for her third year and fourth year’s first semester besides failing one module, Corporate Finance.
Hungwe is represented by Norman Mugiya and the matter is set to be heard today before judge Justice Edith Mushore while there is an interim relief that allows Hungwe to proceed with her final studies.
“The problem started when I failed one subject, Corporate Finance Course, while in my final second year semester. The student portal indicated that I shall proceed to register for the following academic year and write the failed subject later, which I did,” read the papers.
Hungwe also indicated that when one is not eligible to register for semesters ahead, the portal will indicate so and it will be impossible to be accepted on the system.
“I successfully registered for my attachment year and was also assessed by my two lecturers in October last year,” added Hungwe.
The applicant further indicated that problems started when one of her lecturers said the course she failed did not warrant him to examine her work on the basis that Hungwe’s name was not appearing on the course register issued.
Said Hungwe: “I then checked the student portal and I was even further shocked to realise that arbitrarily, the entire level three results had been nullified. I was never consulted of made aware of that administrative decision by the respondents.”