The government of Zimbabwe has put on hold first-year student intake for this March as it moves to introduce the new syllabus in tertiary institutions.
This was revealed by Higher & Tertiary Education Minister, Prof Amon Murwira, who said that the government is focusing on the University syllabi to fit the 5.0 education thrust, therefore, intake for first-year students is to be done in August.
Since the time of exiled former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Jonathan Moyo, the government has been moving to adjust tertiary institutions’ syllabi to make graduates capable of coming up with solutions to contemporary issues.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said in an interview yesterday that the recruitment of students can go ahead now even though they will start learning in August.
“Universities have postponed the start of lectures for first year students so that their programmes can be structured in such a way that if a Civil Engineering student from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) wants to transfer to the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) for the second semester onwards, that would not be a problem since the programmes are the same and they started at the same time,
“We have the Study in Zimbabwe Programme, where universities are trying to attract international students and the Zimbabwe Qualifications Framework, where they are trying to synchronise their programmes, following Statutory Instrument 132 of 2018.” He said.