Articles tagged 'education'

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...
Degree-hungry Zimbos shun colleges 2 September 2017 MUTARE - Top educationists have slammed Zimbabweans for snubbing polytechnic colleges in preference for universities, only for them to be stuck with degrees but without employment. Mutare Polytechnic College principal Poniso Watema and tertiary education expert Hardson Kwandai said most people...
Schools forced to fork out $115 for conference 1 September 2017 HARARE - Government has forced struggling schools to fork out $1 million towards funding the Education Conference and Expo 2017 currently underway in Harare, the Daily News can report. Headmasters attending the expo officially opened by President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday, told the Daily News...
Industrial attachment for technical college lecturers 28 August 2017 MUTARE - Government has expressed dissatisfaction at the quality of skills being churned out by technical colleges, and called on lecturers to go for industrial attachment. Higher and Tertiary Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa said polytechnics should move towards producing high-end en...
Mugabe defends Chiwenga's PhD 16 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday chose the packed National Sports Stadium as the best platform to heap praises on the military boss Constantino Chiwenga for attaining a doctorate degree — while in the process invalidating claims by Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo — ...
Govt to construct 117 schools 16 August 2017 HARARE - The Primary and Secondary Education ministry is inviting bids for the construction of 117 schools. Zimbabwe is currently saddled with a deficit of 2 056 schools. Cabinet in August 2015 directed the Primary and Secondary Education ministry to start construction of 100 schools before...
Outrage over $1bn Mugabe varsity 14 August 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties have slammed government's plans to construct a $1 billion state-of-the-art university named after President Robert Mugabe. The parties argued that the learning facility — to be owned by the Robert Mugabe Foundation (RMF) — is a waste and misuse of taxpayer's money a...
'2 300 new teachers to start work by Sept' 12 August 2017 HARARE - Primary and Secondary education minister Lazarus Dokora has said 2 300 new teachers are set to start work by September this year. Government had frozen the recruitment of new workers, including teachers and nurses, but the move overburdened the employed few with heavy work load. In...
Govt to build $1bn Mugabe university 10 August 2017 HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday stunned journalists when he revealed that influential First Lady Grace Mugabe has pressured government to build a state-of-the-art university to be named after her husband at a cost of $1 billion. The Robert Gabriel Mugabe...
June 'O', 'A' Level results out 9 August 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) yesterday released “O” and “A” Level results for June 2107. The total number of candidates who sat for the June “A” Level 2017 examination was 4 668 as compared to 4 007 in June 2016, an increase of 16,49 percent. “The number of can...
Moyo reverses closure of private colleges 8 August 2017 HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has reversed an order issued by his ministry evoking the closure of more than 300 private schools and independent colleges alleged to be “operating illegally”. Of the 300 private schools and colleges, more than a third of them were ...
Govt shuts down over 300 schools 7 August 2017 HARARE - The Higher and Tertiary Education ministry yesterday ordered the immediate shutdown of more than 300 private schools and independent colleges for “operating illegally”. The Jonathan Moyo-led ministry said it has been carrying out its mandate of inspecting private and independent train...
Dokora apologises to Senate 7 August 2017 HARARE - Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora has unreservedly apologised to the Senate for giving false evidence that he never gave schools a directive to transfer fees into a government account. MDC senator Tholakele Khumalo had recommended that senators “formally admonish...
Govt struggles to fund new schools curriculum 22 July 2017 HARARE - Government is seeking assistance to fund implementation of the new schools curriculum, with Primary and Secondary Education deputy minister Paul Mavhima saying they will only be able to disburse resources by year end. The disbursement, he said, will be selective, starting with the dis...
Minister backs corporal punishment 21 July 2017 HARARE - Primary and Secondary Education deputy minister Paul Mavhima has said schools and parents must continue administering corporal punishment on pupils but employ proportionate disciplinary techniques. This comes after High Court judges have ruled that the use of corporal punishment on ch...
Dokora censured for misleading Parly 14 July 2017 HARARE - Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora  is set to be admonished by senators after being accused of being in contempt of Parliament over evidence he gave about schools having to transfer fees into a government account. MDC senator Tholakele Khumalo recommended that sen...
Big showdown looms over teachers' council 10 July 2017 HARARE - Teachers and government are headed for a showdown over the proposed Teachers Professional Council (TPC) which the educators fear is intended to kill trade unionism among their huge membership. However, Primary and Secondary Education ministry has allayed those fears maintaining that i...
'Zim students in Cyprus turn to prostitution' 29 June 2017 HARARE - Desperate Zimbabwean students studying in Cyprus are engaged in dangerous activities which include drug trafficking, prostitution and gambling as they bid to fund their university education, Parliament revealed yesterday. In its startling remarks, Parliament's Foreign Affairs committe...
Schools defy Dokora on entrance tests 27 June 2017 HARARE - A number of private schools are heading for confrontation with government after it emerged they are still charging fees for Form 1 entrance tests despite a standing ban imposed on the practice. The ban followed an outcry by parents over the steep cost of entrance tests — prompting Pri...