Articles tagged 'education'

'Desperate presidential scholarship students turn to prostitution' 17 February 2018 HARARE - Desperate Zimbabwean students on the presidential scholarship programme, faced with rising costs, are turning to prostitution, gambling and other dangerous pursuits to fund their studies, Parliament has been told. With part-time jobs scarce and the cost of living being squeezed with r...
Zimsec bosses fired 15 February 2018 HARARE - Three top Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (Zimsec) bosses, including director Isau Nhandara, have been fired, while four others have been sent on indefinite forced leave. This comes after the High Court stopped the examinations board from making students rewrite a November 2017 ...
'O' Level candidates to rewrite English exam 9 February 2018 HARARE - The 2017 Ordinary Level English examination paper will be re-written on February 16, the Primary and Secondary Education ministry said yesterday. In the statement, minister Paul Mavima said the re-write was arrived at after much consideration as there had been widespread cheating in t...
Witch hunt over Grace Mugabe's PhD thesis 29 January 2018 HARARE - A witch-hunt is evolving at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) where academic staff in the Sociology Department are alleging persecution at the hands of the institution's leadership for questioning the manner in which former first lady Grace Mugabe was granted her PhD in 2014. Grace's Ph...
Outrage over Grace's doctorate 27 January 2018 HARARE - Former first lady Grace Mugabe's record-time PhD granted by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) four years ago only for the thesis to be published this week on the institution's website, has courted further controversy. Analysts are not amused by the lengthy period it has taken the countr...
Multi-pronged approach needed to address students' issues 13 January 2018 HARARE - For many years, we have seen the tendency by our government to give directives to schools to allow learners to attend classes despite lagging behind with their fees. Despite prohibiting the chasing away of students over non-payment of fees, schools have largely ignored the directive...
'Do not expel students over fees' 11 January 2018 HARARE - Government is going to issue a directive to all schools not to expel students over fees, Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima told the National Assembly yesterday after being grilled by MPs who were concerned that some schools were expelling students over fees. Mavhima...
Teachers bemoan placement under president's office 30 December 2017 HARARE - The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) has challenged the placement of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) under the office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), arguing the move is meant to capture the Public Service. This comes after Information ministry’s permanent s...
Rights groups want primary education for all 29 December 2017 HARARE - Civil Society Organisations and rights groups have piled pressure on the Primary and Secondary Education ministry to ensure that every child attends primary school in 2018. This comes as only 415 900 children are supported by Basic Education Assistance Module (Beam) against a demand o...
Dokora: When the heavens stop smiling 27 December 2017 HARARE - When you eat your way through eastern Asia, as so many food lovers want to do, you end up spoilt by dishes that burst with flavour. There is a depth that seems almost supernatural — the sweet is somehow sweeter, the sour sharper, and the savoury —  flavours are far more intense. Th...
Boarding places headache for Form 1s 14 November 2017 HARARE - More than 300 000 students seeking Form 1 boarding places for 2018 could be stranded after government announced that it can only accommodate 24 246 in the new year. National demand for boarding school places stands at 367 629. This comes as the online application portal, which does...
Students vow to confront Mugabe 12 November 2017 HARARE - Tertiary students — represented by the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) — have vowed to confront President Robert Mugabe over their deplorable welfare at the Zanu PF interface rally to be held in the capital next week. If denied to speak at the event, Zinasu said they will pe...
'A' Level students examine local prophets 12 November 2017 HARARE - Advanced 'A' Level students are now required to examine local modern-day prophets — complete with their abundant controversy — in line with the new education curriculum. This was revealed in a Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (Zimsec) ''A'' Level November 2017 Divinity examinatio...
Man 'leaks' O Level exam paper 1 November 2017 HARARE - A Harare man was dragged to court yesterday for allegedly leaking this year’s Ordinary Level English exam paper, which was written on October 26. Victor Tamanikwa, 25, appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande charged with contravening section 35(a) of the Zimbabwe Schools Exa...
Police clearance for Harare Poly students 24 October 2017 HARARE - Harare Polytechnic College has asked all prospective students to seek police clearance in order to have their applications considered. In a circular for the 2018 enrolment requirements, the college advised that all courses required the police documentation. “Applications are invite...
Audit unearths rot at Highfield school 17 October 2017 HARARE - A government investigative audit of Highfield 2 High School has unearthed abuse of funds, flouting of tender procedures and other malpractices that have prejudiced the institution of tens of thousands of dollars. Highfield 2 High School headmaster Morgan Magwenzi declined to comment o...
Visually-impaired teachers form own association 16 October 2017 HARARE - An association representing visually-impaired teachers has made an application to the Public Service and Social Welfare ministry seeking recognition by government. According to a notice by former Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira in Friday's government gazette, the association ...
Rural teachers to strike over pay 27 September 2017 HARARE - Thousands of rural teachers across Zimbabwe have threatened to hold a #pocketsoutprotest to demand higher pay and  better benefits, the State’s largest rural teachers’ union said. The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) said all rural teachers in all school districts ...
Teachers' unions in disharmony 20 September 2017 HARARE - Teachers' unions have very different legal positions on the mooted Teachers Profession Council (TPC), with the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) refusing to sign the draft document while Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) is supporting the idea. The TPC will define who ...
Govt hires 2 300 teachers 12 September 2017 HARARE - Government has hired 2 300 teachers as part of the 7 000 needed to fully implement the Primary and Secondary education curriculum. The teachers are being hired in batches. They are replacing those whose contracts were terminated in the 2016 and 2017 financial year and begin work th...
Cash shortages hit school opening preps 12 September 2017 HARARE - Schools begin the third term with parents facing a myriad problems including having to fork out steep prices for uniforms and other essential due to cash shortages which have seen retailers introducing different prices under a three-tier payment system. Yesterday, a number of parents ...
Govt must boost education sector 12 September 2017 HARARE - Schools' opening today almost coincides with a story we published in yesterday’s issue about children dropping out of learning institutions due to malnutrition and financial challenges, among other problems. It made a sad reading. It’s hard to imagine a child failing to attend clas...
Ghana introduces free secondary education 12 September 2017 ACCRA - A new programme of free secondary school education has started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits. ...
'Malnutrition forces children out of school' 11 September 2017 HARARE - At least seven percent of school children stayed away from school due to illness linked to malnutrition in one month this year, the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVac) 2017 Rural Livelihoods Assessment Report states. The report implored on government to increase the s...
Govt must consider schools plight 3 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe — a former educationist himself — last week officially opened the Education Conference and Expo 2017 in Harare, a story which was carried in Friday’s edition of our sister paper, the Daily News. While the conference may have been valuable for headmasters and te...