Government has settled the $553, 407 million examination fees for the Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) beneficiaries.
According to figures released in The Herald today, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology paid $553, 407in exam fees for the 5064 beneficiaries.
These figures have been released at a time when many Zimbabweans feared the STEM beneficiaries risked failing to sit for their November examinations amid allegations that Government failed to pay examination fees.
In a statement, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education said they paid close to $4million in school fees for the first term.
“The total fees paid for the first term is $3 949 638, 99 for 10495 students,” they said.
Government added that, “Of the 5136 STEM students stem students supported in 2016, 72 have since been absorbed by other scholarship programmes and the remaining 5064 Upper six students have had their 2017 first term tuition, boarding and examination fees paid in full, also 5431 Lower Six Students enrolled in 2017 have had their tuition and boarding fees paid in full.”
The 2016-2026 objectives of the STEM263 A Level initiative are to increase the number of STEM students who will enrol for STEM degrere programmes at the country’s universities from 2018 as well as stimulating interest in Mathematics, ,Biology, Physics, and Chemistry as pillars of STEM competencies and STEM careers.