Zim education system outdated: Hungwe

HARARE - Josia Hungwe, the minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, yesterday in Senate said Zimbabwe’s education system is outdated because it emphasises scholars’ cognitive development at the expense of life skills.

Hungwe told the thematic committee on Millennium Development Goals that Zimbabwe’s education system was not addressing the needs of the labour market.

“We aim to produce graduates with crucial survival skills, skills to create self-jobs as well as employment for others,” Hungwe said. “When you do not have skills in your blood, in Kenya they say you are a limping goat.

“This type of education is called the 21st Century system that takes cognisance of the fact that being educated is not only about having degrees but necessary skills.”

Hungwe said the country should move from the 17th Century way of doing things where the biggest question of the time was how educated someone was in terms of degrees to the modern era where what matters most is what one can do.

He said there was need to retrain teachers particularly those who specialised in Early Childhood Development, arguing that the current crop of educators was not tailor-made to impart vocational skills training simultaneously with academics to schoolchildren.

Hungwe told the committee, chaired by Senator Chief Matshe Khumalo, that his ministry’s vision was to foster skills development in schools and tertiary institutions.

The former Masvingo governor appealed for funds from the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank, which he said had indicated a willingness to assist.

“We are facing funding challenges notwithstanding the determination we have to succeed,” Hungwe said.

“We need partners both locally and internationally. We will have to approach the institutions and tell them that we have now started what you said was your baby but it all depends on how we approach them.”

Comments (10)

Cde Minister, Hungwe is the same guy who after 2 months in office driving around in the official car and all the perks that come with the job didnt know what his brief was? I suppose better late than never.

Galore 123 - 23 July 2014

Vanongorota vadhara ava. Hapana chavanoziva. Which labour market is he talking about as if there is a labour market in Zim anyway? Zimbabwean skills are in demand world-wide from Canda to Australia, Madagascar to Australia etc. The eudcation system is relevant for the global job market, which is why you can find Zimbos all over the world. Maybe he meant to say there is no more need for degrees to only to sell juice cards, but that again is not the education's problem but Mugabe govt's failure to provide necessary investment friendly environment that makes our engineering and busniess degrees useful. Vanoda kupepembedza chikorokoza which they have reduced us to call that a job market? nxa! Zvakadhakwa izvi. Vanombofa riniko these dinasuars?

Tonyo - 23 July 2014

It's not the education system that is outdated but those leading this country. We are being led by a crop of outdated ministers. From head to minister of psychomotor

kt - 23 July 2014

UNESCO could be a key critical stakeholder that our government could work with to revive our education system that is now facing a crisis as honourable minister Josia Hungwe has rightly observed. he is very correct we must have a skills development education system in Zimbabwe that nurtures learners to have skills on surviving life after school to sustain a decent living PERIOD

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Zimbabwe's education system is good but needs to be improved. I don't support too much emphasis on psychomotor skills at the expense of theoretical and analytical skills in primary and secondary education. There should be a balance; without deep knowledge of theoretical principles we won't excel in anything. With excellent teaching of theoretical principles, those who graduate from from the school system can confidently venture and succeed in fields of their choice; they can be absorbed and trained by industry. What we are lacking is excellent teaching faculty - we want our children to know the most difficult to grasp concepts in nuclear physics, matrix algebra, philosophy, etc. We also need more postgraduate programmes at universities. As of now, we are graduating many Bachelors, most of them needing a postgraduate qualification to hone their practical and analytical skills, and to be able to compete for jobs in the international market.

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wk - 24 July 2014

The problem is zim political and economic systems. This is where we really need a solution.

TanakaHonest - 24 July 2014

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