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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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