‘Col­leges, var­si­ties cur­ricu­lum need re­view’

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THE Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo has said some un­em­ployed grad­u­ates cry­ing out for jobs lack the req­ui­site skills needed by in­dus­try and com­merce.

In a speech de­liv­ered at the United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion’s 48th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, Prof Moyo be­moaned the churn­ing out of grad­u­ates with­out ap­pro­pri­ate skills by in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing. The Min­is­ter’s sen­ti­ments came a day af­ter un­em­ployed grad­u­ates took to the streets in Harare de­mand­ing em­ploy­ment.

Prof Moyo said peo­ple with­out the cor­rect skills were oc­cu­py­ing key po­si­tions in the econ­omy.

“A lot of peo­ple with key re­spon­si­bil­i­ties across our econ­omy have the wrong skills. And some of them don’t re­alise this. All they think they should do is to put their gowns and say ‘give us jobs,’” said Prof Moyo.

“And you ask what can you do? Do you have the skills? Well, other peo­ple will look into that ques­tion such as my col­leagues in the in­dus­try and com­merce or pub­lic ser­vice.”

He said col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties need to re­view their cur­ricu­lum in line with the eco­nomic ex­pec­ta­tions of the coun­try.

“For us it means that our higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy must now re­view their cur­ricu­lum and be­gin to de­velop the skills that our coun­try needs for its in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion agenda,” he said.

Prof Moyo said the coun­try’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion drive can­not be achieved if lo­cals are not trained in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (Stem) sub­jects.

“Stem has be­come a very im­por­tant fo­cus of national pol­icy. Pri­mar­ily be­cause his Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent, first in our coun­try as a nat­u­ral ex­pres­sion of the Zim-As­set pol­icy, se­condly when he was the chair Sadc and thirdly when he was [chair] of African Union, spear­headed a pol­icy whose con­clu­sion was that a time has come for our coun­try to in­dus­tri­alise and mod­ernise.

“The pol­icy thrust and log­i­cal con­se­quence of Zim-As­set is the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Zim­babwe,” said Prof Moyo. — @nqot­shili from Gov­ern­ment, Nkayi is rated as the poor­est district in Mata­bele­land North,” said Mr Charamba.

When there is an in­ter­ven­tion of that na­ture, added Mr Charamba, one re­alises that it’s not money that al­ways mat­ters in life.

“As you see the joy that has been brought to the fam­ily you re­alise money is not all that mat­ters in life. It’s hu­man sat­is­fac­tion, safety and progress that we look at,” said Mr Charamba.

Mrs Thandiwe Moyo, a widow who stays with her three chil­dren, a daugh­ter-in-law and two grand­chil­dren said she was grate­ful to the Gov­ern­ment for pro­vid­ing them with a new home.

“When the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion team came to in­form me that we had to be moved, I was ter­ri­fied. But when they told me their plan and even­tu­ally started con­struct­ing the homestead, I was very happy. — @pame­lashumba1

THE Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo presents shields and a tro­phy to United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion over­all best stu­dent Chu­mile Donga while lec­turer Mrs Mariah Makoni as­sists at the col­lege grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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