Min­is­ter to hand over prizes to STEM win­ners

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Min­istry of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment will start hand­ing over the STEM Ini­tia­tive A-Level prizes coun­try­wide with ef­fect from next week Mon­day.

The Gov­ern­ment this year launched a pro­gramme to pay school fees for stu­dents who take Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM) sub­jects at A-Level in a bid to em­power Zim­bab­weans to be­come glob­ally com­pet­i­tive.

STEM sub­jects in­clude Chem­istry and Physics.

In a state­ment, the Min­istry said prizes in­clude cash, lap­tops and IPads, a bus and trips to a science con­fer­ence in the United States.

“The provin­cial han­dover pro­grammes will run from Septem­ber 12 to Oc­to­ber 10 this year in all the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces. The Science Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics win­ners USA trip send-off cer­e­mony will be held at the Harare Polytech­nic on De­cem­ber 2,” read the state­ment.

“For Bu­l­awayo, the cer­e­mony will be held at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy on Septem­ber 28 while Mata­bele­land North win­ners will meet at Lu­pane State Univer­sity on Oc­to­ber 5. Win­ners for Mata­bele­land South will gather at JM Nkomo Polytech­nic on Oc­to­ber 4.” Math­e­mat­ics, Bi­ol­ogy,

About 4 000 A-Level pupils who reg­is­tered for STEM qual­i­fied for the 10 draws which were con­ducted in each province. After the draws, Mashona­land Cen­tral province walked away with a $100 000 cash prize and Man­i­ca­land won the STEM bus.

One pupil from each province was se­lected to travel to Sil­i­con Val­ley for a STEM con­fer­ence in the USA fa­cil­i­tated by the State Univer­sity of New York.

Bu­l­awayo province had about 500 pupils while Mata­bele­land North and South had 145 and 500 pupils re­spec­tively. The STEM ini­tia­tive is de­signed to re­vamp the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem so that it pro­duces in­no­va­tive grad­u­ates that cre­ate em­ploy­ment in­stead of wait­ing to be em­ployed after com­plet­ing stud­ies.

It is be­ing cham­pi­oned by the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo.

The min­is­ter is on record as say­ing the coun­try’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion drive can­not be achieved if lo­cals are not trained in 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 ZimAs­set 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 ZimAs­set is the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Zim­babwe,” said Prof Moyo. — @thamamoe

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