Govt to un­der­take skills au­dit

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Correspondent

THE Govern­ment is in the process of con­duct­ing a na­tional skills au­dit and the frame­work of the study is ex­pected to be in place by Jan­uary next year, a Cabi­net Min­is­ter has said.

The Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, told jour­nal­ists at the Bu­l­awayo Press Club on Fri­day that his of­fice has started en­gag­ing in­dus­try and in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing to for­mu­late a frame­work for the skills au­dit.

He said the skills au­dit would ad­dress short­com­ings that have seen stu­dents study­ing for de­grees that are not rel­e­vant to in­dus­try.

The Min­is­ter said univer­sity grad­u­ates should be in­ven­tors not job seek­ers.

“We in the Min­istry Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment are cur­rently en­gag­ing the in­sti­tu­tions of higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and in­dus­try so that we link the pro­grammes that the uni­ver­si­ties are do­ing with the skills re­quire­ments of the coun­try. We haven’t had a skills au­dit since 1982 and we need to do this,” he said.

“Peo­ple have been get­ting ir­rel­e­vant de­grees, the is­sue of what de­gree to pur­sue needs to be re-ex­am­ined now so that there is a func­tional re­la­tion­ship be­tween what peo­ple are study­ing and what the na­tional econ­omy needs as well as what the re­gional econ­omy needs in the case of Sadc and Comesa.”

Prof Moyo rub­bished claims that the coun­try’s uni­ver­si­ties’ en­rol­ments were too high say­ing such pro­nounce­ments were be­ing made by alarmists with­out in­sight. — @nqot­shili

Prof Jonathan Moyo

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