(Last Updated On: June 11, 2016)
Almost half of all the students at the University Of Zimbabwe are HIV+ after undergoing voluntary testing and counseling. This led to the institution limiting the inter-residence visits between the male and female students to curb the spread of the deadly disease.
This was the statement from the Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura:
“The grim statistics of sexually transmitted diseases at the institution have forced us to have a limit for inter-residence visits between female and male students.
“We have consulted lots of parents and all of them do not want to promote promiscuity by allowing students to enjoy married lifestyles by staying with their girlfriends in the halls of residence.
“You may be interested to know that not so long ago, we had a survey here which revealed that 47 percent of students who went for voluntary HIV testing were found to be positive.
“As a parent, that’s a worrisome stat. At some stage I was surprised that Swinton Hall had almost become like a maternity wing with hordes of students pregnant. While we acknowledge that this is an adult institution, we don’t think it’s good for us to encourage cohabitation of male and female students.”
Alcohol within the campus had also been banned since it led to increased acts of vandalism and extreme wayward behaviour which is not conducive for a learning environment. An example of such behavior is that one time a student slit another student’s stomach with a broken beer bottle and another tried to rape a pregnant woman.