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Cohabitation rife in Tertiary Institutions

Cohabitation rife among Tertiary Institutions
By Vimbai Mutsvenguri
Cohabitation among students has become very rampant in most higher learning institutions, which has left students in great sorrow due to high rise of sexual relationships or marriages that are happening out of wedlock .
Speaking to Nyaradzo Chinyanga one of UNIZIM’s representative student from Bindura University ,added that cohabitation is common among undergraduates and many of them are being free for the first time; hence, they tend to enjoy the freedom, independence and are less monitored by their parents or guardians.
“Tertiary students have asserted that premarital cohabitation has become a common phenomenon among University students and it is very unethical as it is an act of a man and woman living together and sometimes sharing marital intimacy without being legally married”, Chinyanga explained.
She highlighted that the issue of cohabitation among university students is now becoming a serious issue that must not be handled with levity because this tends to have a multiple effect on other facets of their lives leading to poor performance , dropping out of school completely, contacting sexually transmitted diseases or infections, HIV and AIDS and even suicides.
“It now appears to be normal for students to cohabit because many of them are being free for the first time.’’
In an interview with this publication, Tinotenda Muzvidzwa a University of Zimbabwe student, added that the issue of financial chaos has been a leading factor to student cohabitation because some students thinks that staying with lovers or ‘blessers’’ will curb the financial crisis they will be facing.
Speaking at the same occasion, Romayne Bakali from Chinhoyi University of Technology ( CUT) said that students are experiencing a critical situation in terms of higher tuition fees and other associated college costs related to facilities and services provision ,especially on campus accommodation and that
“Cohabitation is a crucial aspect of problems in tertiary institute as related to insufficient accommodation for students within the campus premises,” she said.
Meanwhile, cohabiting students find it difficult to live apart because of financial or academic dependency, the strong physical intimacy between them makes them think sex is love, and it has become an object of abuse.

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