Zimbabweans literate but highly unskilled


Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa at 94 percent but it has a huge skills gap of 61.75 percent.

According to the Ministry of Information the biggest gap is in Natural and Applied Sciences which stands at 96.91 percent, Medical and Health Science at 95 percent and Engineering and Technology at 93.57.

Higher Education Minister Amon Murwira has been mourning about the skills gap in the country saying this can adversely affect the President’s vision 2030.

Addressing graduands recently Murwira said: “Our education has to work hard for us, it must produce industry for us. Our education must be relevant in areas of job creation and must have consciousness.

“The Zimbabwe we want requires people with relevant skills for today and tomorrow. The Zimbabwe and Africa we want is made today in our colleges and universities. Let us take these first steps together.”


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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