Moyo slams philanthropists' honorary degrees

MUTARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has slammed the willy-nilly conferment of honorary degrees by philanthropic organisations, labelling them “dubious” and vowed to protect the country’s academic reputation.

Moyo also tore into beneficiaries of the degrees, saying some of them lacked “any academic or rational basis to deserve any degree”, but were being awarded because they were either corrupt or were wealthy enough to pay their way to getting one.

The former Information minister, who argued that “degrees must be earned by working hard” otherwise the country’s academic reputation would be corroded by the rampant practice, said government was already finalising legislation against it.

“The ministry has witnessed with utter dismay a growing trend of some philanthropic organisations awarding PhDs and the recipients of those dubious PhDs going around calling themselves Dr so and so,” Moyo said, while addressing graduands at Mutare Polytechnic College on Friday.

“Anyone involved in this dreadful practice will soon face criminal prosecution. So the only alternative is to stop it now otherwise the impending consequences will be too ghastly to deal with,” he warned.

He added: “As the country’s tertiary education institutions prepare to transform themselves into degree awarding institutions, the ministry wishes to warn unscrupulous entities that have been offering dubious degrees and corrupt individuals who have been buying or receiving these degrees to stop it. Just stop it!”

“... the ministry is finalising draft legislation to make it a criminal offence for anyone or any organisation not registered or accredited as a tertiary or higher education institution to offer any degree whatsoever,” he said.

The law, Moyo said, will enable prosecution of both the institution and beneficiaries.

“Degrees are something you earn by working hard…they are not a philanthropic service. We are responsible for higher and tertiary education and a degree is a very important academic qualification,” he said, adding that “Zimbabwe is well known for its high standards of education and the ministry will do everything possible in terms of the law to protect these standards as a matter of national interest”.

“The entities in question are neither registered nor accredited to award any degrees or to offer any academic programmes.

“The individuals who have been getting these dubious degrees from dubious organisations have had no academic or any other rational basis to get the degrees besides that they have been able to buy them.”

Meanwhile, government is preparing to conduct a comprehensive 10-year national skills audit to align tertiary institutions to what the country and industry require for optimum performance and growth.

“In order to facilitate empirically grounded core-mandate realignment and refocus for tertiary and higher education institutions in the country, the ministry is proposing to undertake a comprehensive National Manpower Survey or a National Skills Audit that will provide a true national outlook in terms of availability or shortage of skills for the period 2016 to 2026,” Moyo said.

The country last had such an audit back in 1981 and 1982, Moyo said.

He said the skills survey would provide government, employers, investors, individuals as well as educators and trainers with the current state of Zimbabwe’s strategic skills and what is required in the country’s quest for industrialisation and modernisation.

“The survey will provide these stakeholders with information on areas of potential skills shortage now and in the future,” Moyo said.

Comments (14)

See how annoying to see someone getting a doctorate when you have not worked hard or earned it Now Moyo can you investigate our First Lady ,s so called degree There is a start Who is committing a crime in that case ?The Chancellor of the University of Zim or the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education ?

Naphiri Chisayi - 11 September 2016

It must include that one which Prof tried to do a damage control. The one grace has should be revoked immidiately.

X-MAN IV - 11 September 2016

And this guy is supposedly part of a ZANU-PF faction led by perhaps the country's most notorious recipient of a fake PhD.

david taylor - 11 September 2016

Here Mr. Moyo speaks as if there really is any government to talk about when some of us are waiting for a credible administration in the troubled country. Therefore, whatever a government minister or department official says is null and void.

Yeoman Thomas - 11 September 2016

Grace Marujata Marufu earned a fake PHD recently, with your support. Stop lying to pple. You want only Marujata to benefit from thi dubious phd dolling scheme? rega vamwe vanaChiyangwa vawanewo.handiti thats how you zanu pf pple have decided to blow up your egos?

Red rat - 12 September 2016

Prof are you aware that PSC does not recognize a Msc Degree in relevant field to Government Officials. Are you aware that a teacher with a diploma earns more than an Engineer both from NUST and UZ in the Government. Are you also aware that those who attained a Msc are told that its an added advantage there is no salary grade for same. Its ridiculous after someone worked so hard for it.

JCB - 12 September 2016

The president's wife?

Pieter Herbst - 12 September 2016

Kkkkkkk Dr. Amai

olga - 12 September 2016

Hokoyo Philip Chiyangwa, Walter Mzembi, James Makamba etc you have been warned. Should the law not extend to fake professors too like Arthur Mutambara?

Galore - 12 September 2016

Jonah hamumuzivi here vakomana? Anongotaura, as long as he makes some form sound.

machakachaka - 12 September 2016

Kkkkkkk,hokoyo Walter Mzembi,Phillip Chiyangwa naJames Makamba naGrace Marujata Mugabe,kkkkkkkk plz burn these fake papers before Jonathan Moyo & Company make u suffer humilliation ,kkkkkkkkkkk,muchamama this time around.

Jocho Matomatisi - 13 September 2016

In additon to Dr Pfidza Chiyangwa, Dr Amai, please add Dr and Dr Chihuri; Dr Eve Gadzikwa, Dr Dube and other stupid people who just rush to accept anything that comes their way

ELPHAS - 13 September 2016

shall we tell the president

DK - 13 September 2016

The minister is spot on. of late there has been a disgusting issuing of hononary PhDs by the so called philantrophic orgnisations. A number of phophet's wives are now called Drs!

Truth - 14 September 2016

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