Moyo right on dubious institutions

HARARE - In yesterday’s edition of the Daily News on Sunday, we carried a story in which we quoted Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo slamming institutions that confer dubious degrees, as well as beneficiaries of the same.

The minister, in our opinion, was spot-on. The country is now flooded with institutions that confer honorary doctorates to individuals and more often than not, such beneficiaries are the well-heeled or corrupt. This is a serious indictment on our education system.

There are men and women of this country who toil through the system, working so hard to earn PhDs, and yet others get them issued to them after paying the questionable institutions.

If these qualifications are dished out like confetti, obviously, this compromises our education system further.

Education must be accessible, affordable and must enable those who go through it to actively participate in the socio-economic transformation of the country. More often than not, the beneficiaries of the dubious honorary doctorates have nothing to offer their societies except to flaunt their personal wealth and these ill-gotten degrees in public.

These wealthy individuals must instead donate their money towards scholarship funds that will benefit talented but poor Zimbabweans who fail to access schools because of their situation. Some of them are orphaned or their parents are mere peasants living from hand to mouth out there in Dotito, Mt Darwin or Chiremwaremwa in Bikita. That way, society might want to recognise them for their philanthropic gestures and recommend credible universities to confer them with honorary degrees for their contribution to the transformation of their respective communities.

True, like the minister said, government must act fast to put in place legislation to curb this rampant practice. The new legislation the minister referred to is set to enable the prosecution of both the institutions and the beneficiaries of the degrees.

In terms of skills base, Zimbabwe is renowned for providing other parts of the world — in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand — with skilled manpower. It is only because of the state of our economy that people have been forced into the Diaspora, otherwise these learned individuals would be helping to transform Zimbabwe.

Individuals who pay money in order to have degrees conferred on them show that they are bereft of any common sense. Flaunting dubiously-earned doctorates in public will not make them any better people, because they have a questionable moral fibre in the first place.

While the legislation is envisaged to flush out these institutions, we feel those who have already earned
degrees from such dubious institutions must be stripped of whatever qualification they crow about.

 

Comments (8)

Nice comment because tanzwa nekunzi ndiri Dr..kkkkk Dr Amai Dr bla bla bla

forward nyanyiwa - 12 September 2016

Why now after all those decades. who got the money to pay the qualified personnel? Practice what u preach Comrade, too little , too late.

Tony Santos - 13 September 2016

i really appreciate the stance taken by pro moyo in castigating dibious phds....he was spot on at mutare poly but i thimk he was refering to this famed bussiness man called isau mupfumi hu got a phd from similar universities.....they should be prosecuted seriously

Rene - 13 September 2016

I totally agree with Moyo on the fake doctorate degrees being showered lest right and centre by some dubious characters. You hear some of the recipients even insisting to be addressed as Doctor so so e.g. Dr Eve is one who throws around this fake degree

Mamoyo - 13 September 2016

I totally agree with Moyo on the fake doctorate degrees being showered lest right and centre by some dubious characters. You hear some of the recipients even insisting to be addressed as Doctor so so e.g. Dr Eve is one who throws around this fake degree

Mamoyo - 13 September 2016

I have wondered why Zimbos are so much in love with this Doctor this or that so much. This has to do with low self esteem from what I see. Please Professor, do something about it, and that menas stripping them all off as it is such an embarassment. Some of them do not realise that they are discrediting their otherwise good names.

Ezra Mbiti - 13 September 2016

go to State house and retrieve that fake PHD eraned over 2 months by the very dull Grace Marufu who was mastering ma2% at London college until she was withdrawn. Overnight she became so intelligent that she could do a phd in 2 months...with no graduate degree for that matter (dont tell us abt the chinense language degree...he cant even speak a sentence in chinese! its all lies)

Phillip Chiyangwa - 14 September 2016

Please minister go to Harare institute of Technology and weed out fake doctors there. There are many of them occupying top positions with fake doctorates

padenga - 14 September 2016

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