Prof Moyo con­demns cor­rupt of­fi­cials

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, has cas­ti­gated some au­thor­i­ties for cor­ruptly se­cur­ing places for their rel­a­tives who do not qual­ify to be en­rolled at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Ad­dress­ing 1 377 grad­u­ates and del­e­gates at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytech­nic’s 40th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, Prof Moyo said the sad news come at a time when the Gov­ern­ment was seized with a fight to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

He said some higher au­thor­i­ties use their in­flu­ence to se­cure places at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions for their un­der qual­i­fied rel­a­tives at the ex­pense of de­serv­ing can­di­dates

Prof Moyo re­it­er­ated that his min­istry has po­si­tioned it­self to pro­mote col­leges to of­fer de­gree pro­grammes.

“Di­plo­mas have be­come a study which fur­ther de­mands more sup­port through de­gree pro­grammes,” said the Min­is­ter.

Turn­ing to STEM, Prof Moyo said the pro­gramme was bear­ing fruits.

“It has been a pro­duc­tive plan to es­tab­lish STEM stud­ies in the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. For this grad­u­a­tion we have so many peo­ple who ex­celled in their stud­ies and I be­lieve it’s more of send­ing out the pro­duc­tive and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts to the world. I hope th­ese are go­ing to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for them­selves,” said Prof Moyo.

“JMN Poly be­ing an in­sti­tu­tion that scooped some awards of spe­cial recog­ni­tion in the past oc­ca­sions this marks the pro­duc­tiv­ity and ini­tia­tive drive of STEMre­lated stud­ies.”

The Gov­ern­ment launched STEM last year in an ef­fort to stim­u­late eco­nomic re­cov­ery through the use of sciences and tech­nol­ogy.

The Gov­ern­ment, through Zimdef, is pay­ing fees for thou­sands of stu­dents who took up STEM sub­jects at A-Level .

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