GOVERNMENT has finally recognised and accepted for employment all holders of education diplomas offered by the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) after four years of haggling over the qualification.
Last week, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) started deploying ZOU graduates with education diplomas to schools in Mashonaland West after the issue was ironed out.
The latest development came after some of the affected graduates petitioned President Robert Mugabe last year seeking an order compelling government departments to recognise the qualification.
Mugabe is chancellor of all State universities.
Hundreds of ZOU diploma holders had been roaming the streets since 2010 with the CSC refusing to enrol them as teachers arguing that the qualification was inferior.
Bernard Mukonori, one of the graduates from Chinhoyi, told NewsDay that he felt relieved after he was deployed to a primary school in Siakobvu.
“I’m happy to be employed after years of waiting after I graduated in 2011. Although I have been posted to the remotest area of Siakobvu, what is important for me is that I now have a job,” Mukonori said.
ZOU spokesperson Ndai Nyamakura said they were happy as an institution that the long-running wrangle over the institution’s education diplomas had come to an end.
“The wait is over now, as ZOU we are happy for our former students and it also put the institution in good light,” Nyamakura said.
ZOU started offering the diploma progamme in 2006 with the first group of students graduating in 2010.