Zim to transform colleges, polytechs: Moyo

HARARE - Zimbabwe has moved to transform teachers’ training colleges and polytechnics into degree-awarding institutions, with the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry setting up committees to look into the feasibility of the transformations.

The institutions will offer about four specialised degrees, according to Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

Moyo said the transformation of the teachers’ training colleges and polytechnics would improve the quality of tertiary education in the country as well as promote industrialisation and human capital development.

“The committees will present their findings before the end of November. The ministry will then take the policy position to Cabinet,” Moyo said yesterday at a press conference, adding that issues of entry requirements would also be considered by the committees.

The steering committee members for the transformation of teachers’ colleges will be headed by University of Zimbabwe former pro vice chancellor Chipo Dyanda as the chairperson, while Nomathemba Ndiweni, Attwell Mamvuto, Evelyn Garwe, Jason Muwandi, Rosemary Nyarugwe and Florence Dube will be the other members of the committee.

On the other hand, Chinhoyi University of Technology vice chancellor David Simbi will head the steering committee for the transformation of polytechnics, while Zwelibanzi Dlodlo, Nduduzo Phuthi, Poniso Watema, Magripa Nleya, Martin Manuhwa, Tafadzwa Mudondo, will form the committee.

Higher and Tertiary Education permanent secretary Machivenyika Mapuranga said the two committees had been set up to provide a comprehensive policy advisory and consultancy service to the ministry.

“For teachers’ colleges, a foundation committee will look into the transformation of all teachers’ colleges into a university of education with Mkoba Teachers’ College as the main university campus, with a special mandate on teacher education,” Mapuranga said.

“For polytechnics, a steering committee will make recommendations into whether polytechnics can be stand-alone or can be one institution with eight campuses and propose a process for the transformation. Final terms of reference will be developed by the committee with approval of the ministry.”

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

The Higher Education minister 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.

Comments (22)

hoping the minister stays sufficiently enough. he has proved that he is a hard working minister. has not yet politicised the ministry compared to the prevoius two women ministerss

Frank - 20 September 2016

this is phantom nonsense. the country requires technical skills and not the multitude of degrees people currently holding. are the degrees going to bring 2,2 million jobs?

mukovhe wa tsilidzi - 20 September 2016

ARIPO IKOZVINO MA DEGREE MAMBOITEI NAWO?CREATE JOBS FIRST!

obsever - 20 September 2016

This clearly exposes how ignorant the Hon Minister is on the mandate of Polytechnics. What economic change would a degree bring in Zimbabwe? I would like to think this is a ploy to divert people's minds from real problems affecting his party. He is also inviting people to research on the impact of non-existent sanctions. A professor of his calibre should have invited the nation research on rampant corruption, with Chombo, Kasukuwere, some youths, first family as respondents. Sanctions are only an imagined scapegoat in their minds. Let's research on the plundering of the diamonds and many other resources. What have sanctions to do with the disappearance of $15 billion?

Gandanga - 20 September 2016

kuita madegree ndookuti vana vadye here? hapana hapana hapana. makaita NIKUV mukabirira manyepera vanhu/nyika yese kuti 2million jobs asi nhasi close to a million jobs have been lost after several companies were closed or forced to retrench due to ur unrealistic policies

munyimi - 21 September 2016

What a confused country and minister -zvichibatsirei kuti munhu wose aite degree. This country needs more of Tradies/apprenticeship colleges -manufacture hands on people than academics. Mwari tiitirei nyasha. Very soon he will leave the ministry and this will be thrown Kuma archives.

Tariro Shumba - 21 September 2016

if the minister is genuine on Zim providing an unqualified tertiary education in the region, would he care to explain why he sent his daughter to die in Capetown while running away from this "so great" education system he superintents? or is he saying akachekeresa mwana for "political good luck"? We already have too many degree issuing institutes...with no skill imparting. No industry to assist in skills development. no work after graduation etc. we dont need to waste more money or creating more papers called degrees. we want industry and employment for those with certificates, diplomas, degrees etc...not to just bump everyone into degree carrying vendors!

Donato Matibilli - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

the learned prof is only doing his mandate as minister and is trying to maintain some semblance of order,to avoid dubious degree beneficiaries,he can not be minister of finance or minister of investment,we will be expecting too much from the prof.madofo,ne madzimati vakungoti tinama degree tinoda mabasa.thereby putting unnecessary pressure to the government.

vivazim - 21 September 2016

As a political scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo knows how to play his political card games very well. It is true that some degrees offered by some institutions are dubious whilst we see people without degrees performing like people with degrees. It is true that people must work hard to earn degrees. In the world of corruption, many escape with degrees not earned through study. However, focus should be on how to turn around the economy. The learned professor knows very well that we do not need a Look East Policy to turn around the economy but a Look Everywhere Policy to turn around the economy. Propaganda can only sustain a country for a while. Dealing with reality will take us somewhere than to blame everything on sanctions.

Robson Joseph - 21 September 2016

I wouldn't be excited about anything Jonathan Moyo puts in place. Look what a swell job he did with the ZBC, now it's unwatchable.

Talent - 21 September 2016

Izvi zvinoratidza kugumirwa nekufunga kwana muzvinafundo.Degree holders are selling tomatoes in streets,,unsteady of u to implement important requirements & job opportunities u talking about giving degrees.Kutsvaga kwenyu ma votes hakuchashanda,,Zimbabweans are not fools

matsotsi - 21 September 2016

He killed zbc by 100% local content and now want research on imagined sanctions. He should be learned enough that zimbabwe is not under any united nations sanctions nor any sanctions any other country country, except travel ban for a few human rights abusers

dennis moto - 22 September 2016

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