DTEF to terminate sponsorships of employed beneficiaries

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Staff WriterThe Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF) will terminate without any notice-sponsorships of all tertiary education sponsored students who are employed whilst in their (DTEF) books.

Speaking with Mmegi yesterday, the director of DTEF, Marcos Maedza, said the increasing practice is disturbing because it contributes to the high failure rates at local tertiary institutions. "This leads to students failing and dropping out of classes because they give only part of their time to studies," he said, adding that they return later, seeking reinstatements.The DFET has identified 60 students who have been working whilst on government sponsorship in the last six months.

Maedza said academics become a part-time effort for students who are working; something the department is strongly against. In addition, students who fail to attend classes and submit results after every semester will not be spared, as the above also constitute to a breach of the sponsorship contract."Such a breach may lead to termination of sponsorship without notice," he emphasised.

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