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Comfort is a student from Harare Polytechnic, where students were recently hit with a massive fee increase. She spoke to BBC News Online about the mood on campus and student attitudes towards the upcoming election.

Paying the fees is very difficult and some people won't be going back because the fees are just too much.

Fees rose from $100 tuition last year to $8,000. Last semester it was $100, but starting from January it will be $8,000.

If I don't get a loan from the bank I will have to wait another year or two or maybe get a job.

There haven't been any demonstrations about the fee hike because if we do organise a protest the college will be closed down. Then we will fall behind for another term or two and it won't be good for us.

Most students are interested in the upcoming elections and are planning to vote. Of course, you don't hear them talking about it because it's just not safe to talk politics, even on the campus.

When I'm out with my friends we don't discuss politics because you're never sure who might be listening.

Political campaigning is not allowed on the campus at all. Things have been like that since last year.

That's because there was some violence in our student accomodation caused by political clashes. After the fighting, all political activity was banned.

I think a lot of students will vote because they're not very happy. It's very difficult to survive as a student. They think voting could make a difference to their situations.


When I'm out with my friends we don't discuss politics because you're never sure who might be listening

Student demonstration
I think a lot of students will vote because they're not very happy
 
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