Let's protect the reputation of our education system

EDITOR - Zimbabwe boasts of having the highest literacy rate in Africa.

For a country with a State president who holds a chain of degrees, the achievement comes not as a surprise to me.

Whether people like or hate the president for his successes and failures as a person, when it comes to the strides made on the educational front, we seem to sing from the same hymn book as a nation.

It would be good for all and sundry to protect the reputation of our education institution and the country’s education system.

The question that is on most people’s lips today is whether the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, studied with the University of Zimbabwe for a DPhil or she was conferred with a doctorate simply because she is the Chancellor’s wife.

The University of Zimbabwe should spruce up its public relations and prove to all and sundry that no policy or procedure was flouted in awarding the doctorate.

The highest qualification that you need as a politician is to have people at heart.

Philanthropically, the First Lady is transforming so many lives.

Her social works should be marketed and used as a springboard for building a good political image.

Why then are we trying to tarnish her image by awarding a controversial degree?

The deliberate educational policy instituted by the Zanu PF government at Independence in 1980 has made Zimbabwe’s education system to be a marvel and shining beacon.

As a nation, we should jealously protect the gains we have made in education.

Enock Kwinika,

Beitbridge

 

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