“Stop Dishing Out Unhelpful PhDs” – Minister Tells Zim Varsities

MASVINGO-The Deputy minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Godfrey Gandawa has challenged universities to fully understand the demands of the government’s economic blue print – the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) which is failing to take off.

Deputy minister of Higher Education and technology Dr  Godfrey Gandawa
Deputy minister of Higher Education and technology Dr Godfrey Gandawa

Speaking at the official opening of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Masvingo Regional Center on Friday where he was guest of honour, Dr Gandawa said he was more interested in few graduates who can address the problems of tomorrow than thousands who are being churned out by universities today who are still stuck in the past.

He said universities should be leading in researches that inform government policy.

“I am tired of people who want to sound as if they understand ZimAsset as they often refer to it at any single gathering and yet they are far from comprehending that document. ZimAsset is not cheap talk…our people don’t understand ZimAsset.

“I am not impressed by the way universities are being run today. They (universities) are more concerned about numbers hence they train thousands to address problems of the past. Universities are dishing out PhDs that are not helping the nation,” said Dr Gandawa.

“I want  PhD holders who provide solutions to the country. I want degrees that create industries for their graduates,” he added.

Dr Gandawa said academics should not shy away from policy formulation.

“Research on areas that propel ZimAsset and produce. Stop approving studies that concentrate on past and present problems. Universities are glued in their past – and that will never help in transforming the economy,” added Gandawa.

Dr Gandawa also took the opportunity to urge the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (Zimche) to avoid bureaucracy  in dealing with matters that call for urgent attention.

However, Dr Gandawa thanked ZOU for showing dedication to educating the nation but he was quick to say the institution has not yet exhausted all its potential.

“We expect ZOU to be a university of Africa. Just like UNISA, we want ZOU to build its own home and get recognized throughout the continent,” said Dr Gandawa. 

Related Posts
I’m not converting pupils into Al Qaeda recruits: Zimbabwe regime Islamic Cleric Dokora
PRIMARY and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora was recently taken to task by Norton church leaders who accused him of imposing an “anti-Christian religion” in the country’s education curriculum. Churches from ...
READ MORE
Why Isn’t 14-Year-Old Fadzai In School? Zimbabwe’s Education Dilemma
Fourteen-year-old Fadzai Kundishora is at home chatting with her grandmother, aunt and their neighbor when her cousin, Tinotenda, 15, strides in from school, hungry. He's in uniform; Fadzai isn't. Unlike her ...
READ MORE
UK increases scholarships for Zimbabweans
The United Kingdom has increased Chevening Scholarship awards to Zimbabwe fivefold, from four to 20 for the year 2015/16 study period, British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing said. BY CHARLES LAITON Laing ...
READ MORE
Moesha Gumpo
LONDON - Moesha Gumpo’s journey to academic success has been a long one – starting when she left Zimbabwe to come to the UK as a refugee. She was brought ...
READ MORE
African universities must reject ‘flawed and defective’ rankings
Nearly 10 years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an "African phenomenon" in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon ...
READ MORE
Teachers to stage go-slow over bonuses
HARARE - Teachers are planning to stage a go-slow over their bonuses following government’s failure to pay 13th cheques to civil servants, a union has said. The protest, announced yesterday, is ...
READ MORE
Professor Zvobgo is honoured once again
MASVINGO - Professor Rungano Zvobgo, the Vice Chancellor of the Great Zimbabwe University who has filled his cupboard with an array of shields from both local and international awards has ...
READ MORE
‘Madhuku is no professor’ – Mnangagwa
VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mocked NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku saying he doubts the University of Zimbabwe lecturer is really a law professor.   Mnangagwa was responding to Madhuku’s constitutional court application ...
READ MORE
Teachers’ regulatory council on cards
HARARE - Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora has proposed the establishment of the Teachers Professional Council to regulate teachers’ conduct. The call by the minister comes in the ...
READ MORE
Fourth Zimbabwe student commits suicide in a week
A fourth student killed himself this week in Zimbabwe, it was reported Wednesday. Simba Makumbe, 18, was found hanging from a tree by his father in Magwegwe North, Bulawayo, on Tuesday, ...
READ MORE
I’m not converting pupils into Al Qaeda recruits:
Why Isn’t 14-Year-Old Fadzai In School? Zimbabwe’s Education
UK increases scholarships for Zimbabweans
Zimbabwean star-student comes out top with UK GCSE
African universities must reject ‘flawed and defective’ rankings
Teachers to stage go-slow over bonuses
Professor Zvobgo is honoured once again
‘Madhuku is no professor’ – Mnangagwa
Teachers’ regulatory council on cards
Fourth Zimbabwe student commits suicide in a week

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Ex-Utakataka bassists to launch album in Mzansi

25th March 2017 Staff Reporter 0

RONNIE Mudhindo’s musical journey is not complete without the mentioning of his early days with the late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo and Utakataka Express band. The reference involves both sweetness and sourness. Utakataka fans may remember […]