We have come to the end of our Academic Year 2019. On the academic front, the year had its fair share of joys and challenges. It was a difficult financial year and we attribute our ability to meet our financial obligations only to the grace of God. Due to the harsh economic environment we are operating, we faced challenges that included electricity load shedding, water shortages, sky rocketing prices of consumables such as printing tonners and stationery, escalating Internet connectivity charges only to mention but a few. Our staff were not also spared of economic difficulties although we are grateful, they remained committed to duty and continued to deliver exceptional teaching services.
The challenges I have highlighted resulted in the college's quality of support services being negatively affected much to the disappointment of our key stakeholders - the students, who felt we had reneged on our commitment to offer an environment conducive for excellent learning. Due to the severely constrained operational environment, the college had to make painful financial decisions including having to call for fees top-up. This call was forced on us by circumstances beyond our control and had to be made for the college to sail to the end of the year. Basing on our own reflections, the decision was a very difficult one and should not be repeated in future.
Trust Academy remain committed to continue improving and changing positively the lives of our stakeholders. We will always endeavor to exceed our student expectations in terms of service delivery. Going forward, the college guarantees high quality tuition services synonymous with its brand. Our staff are motivated to create an environment conducive for quality learning and achieve high pass rates. Management view is that tuition fees paid at the beginning of the semester should be enough to fund operations throughout that semester. This calls for students to pay their term or semester fees before the beginning of the semester or as soon as school is opened to allow the college to procure all operation provisions enough to last the full semester at the beginning. The college must therefore charge reasonable fees and no call for top-up fees should be made during the semester. To achieve these noble objectives and match expected standards, the college must review its tuition fees in line with obtaining economic environment.
To this end, our semester and term tuition fees have been reviewed upward to sustainable levels with effect from 01 January 2020. Please get the correct tuition fees applicable to your studies from your Head of Department. May I hasten to bring to your attention that the college has tried to maintain tuition fees at levels that balance student affordability and college sustainability. This is a difficult decision we have made as management even though in our environment one cannot tell for sure how the situation would be like a week from today. We have decided to give our stakeholders a month to plan before we start our new Academic Year 2020. However, management remain open to discuss with the college's progressive and positive minded key stakeholder on their views in relation to these proposed tuition fees for 2020. At the end of the day, we are confident we will settle for the best decision that will leave our future bright. It is our desire and pleasure to see all our students succeeding in their studies and proceeding to pursue rewarding careers. I want to take this time to congratulate our students who graduated with various diplomas and degrees in 2019. May you continue to shine and uphold the principles we shared as a people. With your attained skills, help build Zimbabwe to a better country! Wishing you safe holiday travels!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! May the Year 2020 bring with it smiles in your lives!
Enjoy this school break together with your families. May God keep you safe till we meet again as we start our new Academic Year 2020.
M. Dembure (Mr) PRINCIPAL