Satel­lite teacher’s col­lege still on course

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A SATEL­LITE teacher’s col­lege that was es­tab­lished by the Gov­ern­ment at Ntabazin­duna Train­ing Cen­tre in a bid to ex­pand higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try is still un­der re­fur­bish­ment, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

In July last year, the Gov­ern­ment pledged to turn the train­ing cen­tre into a teacher’s train­ing col­lege af­ter tra­di­tional lead­ers in the area lamented the ab­sence of a teacher train­ing in­sti­tu­tion in Mata­bele­land North.

In an in­ter­view, the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Amon Mur­wira, said the ren­o­va­tion of the train­ing cen­tre into a satel­lite teacher’s col­lege had started and was still on course.

“We have bud­geted for ev­ery­thing so that it starts this year in Jan­uary and we have started the process of ren­o­vat­ing. We are now do­ing the paper work since we are mak­ing it a satel­lite col­lege, it means we won’t have prob­lems like when you are start­ing a new thing. It sim­ply means the ad­min­is­tra­tion is al­ready there. It would op­er­ate un­der the United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion so that means it’s very easy to get off the ground,” said Prof Mur­wiria.

He said af­ter the re­fur­bish­ment, the first in­take is now ex­pected in ei­ther May or Au­gust. Prof Mur­wira said ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions were meant to help the economies of the ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion.

“When we do col­leges we make them State col­leges and this will help the lo­cal econ­omy for that par­tic­u­lar lo­cal area. For ex­am­ple when Mid­lands State Univer­sity (MSU) is closed Gweru is al­most dead eco­nom­i­cally. Our in­sti­tu­tions of higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion are hive of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties that ben­e­fit the peo­ple.

“So when we de­sign our na­tional in­sti­tu­tions we spread them through­out the coun­try. The ad­van­tage of our higher ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion by Zim­bab­weans is to boost lo­cal economies. And also helps the lo­cal peo­ple who might have a chance of get­ting to col­lege and don’t have to get a bus to go there,” said Prof Mur­wira.

Prof Mur­wira said his min­istry was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing ac­cess to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion across the whole coun­try.

“We are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing ac­cess to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion for all Zim­bab­weans be­cause we have a phi­los­o­phy which says ‘We have no Zim­bab­wean brain to waste’. So we want to im­prove ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion by cre­at­ing an ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that pro­duces goods and ser­vices, that’s what we are look­ing at.

“We re­ally want this coun­try to change pos­i­tively based on its brain re­sources and we be­lieve that if higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion does well this coun­try will do well and if it doesn’t then it means the coun­try does badly. Be­hav­iour is a re­flec­tion of its ter­tiary and higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he said.

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Pro­fes­sor Amon Mur­wira

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