CHIRUMANZU-ZIBAGWE MP Auxillia Mnangagwa (Zanu PF), has called on the Ministry of Education to urgently overhaul its school curriculum and focus more on technical subjects to enable pupils to acquire self-sustaining skills.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Speaking at the Midlands provincial prize-giving day last Friday, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife said the country’s education system had been criticised for producing half-baked graduates who could not translate their theoretical knowledge into practice.
“Our education is often criticised for failing to produce graduates who are useful to society, but what I have seen here tells me that this will be a thing of the past,” she said.
“The As on the certificates have to be concretised so that we can begin to see the pupils and graduates inventing life-changing machinery and technology, which will uplift the status of Zimbabwe and its people on the global arena,” she said.
The MP also called on the business community to invest in home-based inventions, which were tailor-made to address the challenges faced by the local industry.
“Quite often, we are forced to import simple technology from foreign companies and this puts a strain on our import bill.
Simple items like maize-shelling machines, which can be designed and manufactured locally and will be affordable to the farmer are sometimes imported because we don’t have local industry which supports inventions by our young pupils,” she said on the sidelines of the event.
She also warned pupils not to engage in acts of indiscipline following the ban on corporal punishment.
“Government has said no more corporal punishment in schools and what do we see, an upsurge in cases of indiscipline in schools but let you be warned: The Bible says the wages of sin is death but I say the wages of indiscipline is ignorance,” she said.
Regina Mundi maintained the top spot with a pass rate of 97,1%, while in the primary schools category Bata, Shabani, Maryward, Kwekwe and Fitchlea schools were tops with a high number of pupils attaining four units at Grade Seven.