A Harare Magistrates Court has released nine Morgan Zintec College students who were arrested earlier in the week on Z$2000 bail each.
The students, who are already unhappy with the paltry Z$150 (US$1.50) that the same State pays them, were part of a bigger group that assembled at the college this week for a protest against the extension of their teaching practicing period next year.
The student teachers appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Vongai Guwuriro charged with participating in a public gathering with intent to cause public violence.
The nine are Walter Muzamani, Steven Mashal Mariwo, Enock Masasu, Chipo Ngirandi, Sarudzai Nkezana, Fortunate Mukondo, Monica Mutegude, Charity Chakona and Lucia Mafara.
The group is expected in court on January 19 next year.
Mrs Idah Maromo, prosecuting, had it that on December 4 Morgan Zintec College received a memorandum from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education on the 2021 learning calendar.
The State also had it that on the same day, the letter was sent to school heads saying the teaching practices for Intake 50 and ECD period had been extended to January and February next year.
On December 7 at around 7am, the students drawn from various primary schools in Harare gathered at the college with an intention to stage a demonstration.
Police intervened and managed to arrest the nine while others escaped.