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There was commotion at Seke Teachers’ College yesterday when nearly 5 000 people from all over the country turned up to take a two-day entrance test for a teacher training course that only required an enrolment of about 500 students.

This was after the college abandoned its traditional method of asking prospective students to apply and then carry out a pre-selection process before inviting a few for interviews.

This time the college published an open invitation to all those who think they qualify to come for the interviews yesterday and today, a move the prospective students said was meant to cash-in on the $10 interview fee.

Some of the people were already gathering at the college as early as 1am and by 7am the crowds had swelled, resulting in a stampede among the applicants taking the recruitment test that left many bitter and disappointed.

Most of the aspirants returned home angry, amid concerns that the college was ripping them off by demanding the non-refundable fee.

When The Herald crew visited the college, close to 2 000 students had been interviewed and many more were waiting impatiently for their turn.

The college could have possibly raked in more than $50 000 if all those present eventually paid for the entrance tests.

“I can tell you that more than 4 500 people came for this test,” said a woman who had come from Bindura. “I have never seen this kind of crowd before in my life. I don’t think the selection process will be fair at all.”

Addressing the prospective students, college principal Mr Ephraim Mutubuki said they were overwhelmed by the big turnout.

“This is the largest crowd that we have attracted at Seke Teachers College,” he said.

“I know we will not be able to accommodate such numbers, but l think we have a story to tell.

“Our interview fee is $10 which will facilitate the purchasing of stationery and every payment that you make must be supported by a receipt.”

Source : The Herald