New de­part­ment to han­dle schol­ar­ships

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porter

ALL schol­ar­ships will now be han­dled by the President’s Of­fice un­der the Pres­i­den­tial and Na­tional Schol­ar­ships De­part­ment.

Pre­vi­ously, the schol­ar­ships were han­dled by the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ships De­part­ment and var­i­ous min­istries.

In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe, who is also di­rec­tor of the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ships Pro­gramme, told The Her­ald yes­ter­day that all schol­ar­ships from what­ever min­istry will be han­dled by the stand­alone de­part­ment.

“All schol­ar­ships are now be­ing han­dled by the de­part­ment in the President’s Of­fice.

“The de­part­ment used to be called Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ships and the new de­part­ment is now called the Pres­i­den­tial and Na­tional Schol­ar­ships De­part­ment,” he said.

Dr Mushohwe em­pha­sised the need for the pub­lic to know this new de­vel­op­ment.

“If there are prob­lems with chil­dren on schol­ar­ship abroad, par­ents and guardians know there is now one de­part­ment to han­dle that,” said Dr Mushohwe.

Ad­dress­ing stu­dents at a farewell cer­e­mony for 49 stu­dents go­ing to study in China at State House in Harare yes­ter­day, President Mu­gabe said: “We no­ticed that quite a num­ber of schol­ar­ships of­fered by sev­eral coun­tries in the world, of­fered to us through the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and other min­istries had not been taken up. They just went into ex­tinc­tion. They be­come for­got­ten.”

“Nat­u­rally, this aroused my con­cern and hunger. That is why I said all schol­ar­ships, which­ever way they were given, whether through the min­istry of higher ed­u­ca­tion, min­istry of for­eign af­fairs, mines min­istry or labour, we will han­dle them in the President’s Of­fice and ex­am­ine them and also as­sist the stu­dents to make their choices.”

Dr Mushohwe

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