Zimbabwe plans to remove lecturers from the Public Service Commission to State employees in line with the country’s constitution and to meet international best practices, Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Amon Murwira told Parliament this week.
He said this during the second reading of the Manpower Planning and Development Amendment bill which he said sough to:
- to promote the development and implementation of the national skills planning and development strategy;
- to promote universities, technical, teachers and vocational education that leads to the production of goods and services;
- to promote the operational independence of technical and vocational institutions and teachers college in the way universities are;
- promote engineering and innovation for industrialisation and modernisation through research institutions and institutions of higher and tertiary education.
Below is what Murwira said:
MANPOWER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT BILL [H. B. 2, 2020]
THE MINSTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA): Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am. Madam Speaker, the rationale for the proposed Manpower Planning Development Amendment Bill is to create an enabling legislation for the implementation of a Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development system that leads to a national capability for the deliberate and rapid industrialisation and modernisation of Zimbabwe. This is made possible through a Higher and Tertiary Education system that facilitates ability to produce goods and services, for instance through heritage based Education 5.0.
Madam Speaker, we are convinced that the Higher and Tertiary
Education system and its curricula must be derived from human needs. To fulfill human needs, the education system then develops a curriculum that addresses these human needs by developing an industrial capability that produces goods and services to meet these very same human needs.
Madam Speaker, all in all, causing an industry that meets human need is the ultimate aim of any organised learning or education system. Zimbabwe’s education system must be of the same philosophy. This is why it is a fact that the future of industrial development of prospects of any country, the prospects are easily predicted by what is taught in the country’s lecture rooms, workshops and laboratories. To this end, no country can develop faster than the development of its education system.
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