BULAWAYO, Tuesday, September 24, 1991 — The Government has been criticised for allowing a vocational training centre at a Bulawayo school to become a white elephant by dragging its feet for the past three years over the provision of funds to buy equipment.
The Member of Parliament for Makokoba, Cde Sydney Malunga, said that it was shocking that Government was advocating the provision of skills to children while still at school as well as to school leavers, but officials in the Ministry of Higher Education were dragging their feet in making a decision about the vocational training project.
The complex was built by the Anglican Church at St Columbus High School in Bulawayo. It comprises a workshop and two classroom blocks and was built at a cost of $1 million.
The Government is expected to provide $100 000 of the $1 million required for equipment.
Cde Malunga, who was speaking at the school’s prize-giving day, said it was very disappointing to note that the majority of schools in Zimbabwe did not prepare students for the “world of work’’. He said the present education system only prepared them for white collar jobs which are hard to find.
“Instead of producing job creators, our schools produce job seekers and this is disastrous,’’ said Cde Malunga.