Grade 7 pupils to write agric exams

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora has announced the introduction of a trial agricultural examination for Grade Seven pupils beginning this year.

BY MUNESU NYAKUDYA

Speaking at the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU)’s Young Farmers Club Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Project Phase 2 launch in Mazowe on Thursday, Dokora said the government would begin examining Grade Seven pupils in the practical subject which will now be taught from as early as Grade 3 in all primary schools.

“My ministry has arranged to have a trial Grade Seven examination in agriculture this year. This is meant to make both teachers and learners to take agriculture seriously,” he said.

Dokora said the need to introduce agriculture as a subject at primary school was motivated by the realisation that it was a key economic driver and, therefore, everyone should have a basic knowledge of it.

“Agriculture is the key economic driver and the biggest employer in Zimbabwe, hence, there is need to take it seriously not as something that should be done by those who have failed to make it in life,” he said.

“Agriculture studies begin in Grade 3 and it is at the centre of this new curriculum. This was not an accident, but a deliberate strategy to support the land reform programme in the country. Today Zimbabweans have the land, but not necessarily the skills to work on the land.”

The Young Farmers’ Club Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project is a ZFU programme aimed at improving the livelihoods of young unemployed youths by providing agricultural-based technical education and skills.
Sponsored by Barclays Bank to the tune of $206 145, the programme was targeted at nearly 31 000 youths in rural areas.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha said the ZFU programme had come at a time it was most needed. “This programme comes at an opportune time when there is dire need to support youths in agriculture, at a time the country is experiencing one of the worst drought in several years,” he said.

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  2. GREAT MR DOKORA.

  3. Resources such as land and finance need to be put in place at schools if agricultural education is to be of benefit to the students. They need to see successful school based production units to be inspired.
    Zimbabweans are naturally good farmers what they lack is a well managed CSC GMB, and Independent well managed horticultural produce markets free of makoronyera in all the major towns.This is what ZFU should be fighting for if young farmers clubs are to make a difference to the lives of youths. They need markets for their farm products.
    Capacitate GMB and pay farmers promptly using the money spent on maize imports and the silos will be full and the youths will be empowered financially…
    Farmers in Mrewa used to fill the large grain silos at Mrewa in the 1980s and sometimes it took four days to deliver ones maize due to long ques.
    It is blatant lies that the land reform killed maize production. It was killed by mismanagement and corruption at GMB.
    Dokora must revisit the concept of education with production introduced by Mutumbuka if agricultural education is to create dedicated and skilled future farmers. Text book agriculture will not impact on the future behavior of students. They need proof that indeed its possible to make money from agriculture.

  4. Examinations are not the panacea FFS!…Education is. By all means teach our future generation all about agriculture but leave exams to colleges and institutes of education. One does not necessarily need to excel in an exam….I give you Bill Gates.

  5. tendai chaminuka

    Next is Diamond Mining Examination.

  6. Phinny i agree but not only the above mentioned resources would result in the benefit to students. the necessary human skill needs to be inplace and placing the “right” people (not family members) in the drive for “agrication” would be a major factor.
    I have been contemplating an idea for almost 8 years now, the basic idea was that why not put production of marketing gardening in schools by so doing each ward or constituency that has a school would be able to feed themselves and the money generated would be able to fund such projects of bus buying by schools instead of swindling money off parents to buy a bus in which it adds no educational value to their children. (buses are for field trips)>> that’s another argument for another day.
    imagine what this would do to all the wards across Zim, and the freeing up of big farms to produce not vegetables but cash crops for export. for example>>>if a constituency has 30 000 people and 20 primary schools. in which each primary school is responsible for 50ha used for education from crop production, poultry and fruit production. the basic food requirements of the constituency would be met.

    I am volunteering the “little” knowhow i have to those who would like to discuss, plan, implement, co-ordinate such a mini production on schools.
    To the minister, it was a long awaited move. But exams won’t produce farmers, education first for Five years at least and test them then.

  7. General Sani Abacha

    he must also introduce mining

  8. This Moslem minister is just bad news.

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  10. catch them young. that’s great Mr Dokora.

    1. Examine them first then teach them. The Dokora way

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      2. THIS DOKO LEMBGWA!

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  12. ROBERT NDAURAYANYIKA

    go on to introduce elections rigging exam you foolish DOFORA

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