Govt starts offering STEM scholarships for teachers

Govt starts offering STEM scholarships for teachers
Published: 20 February 2018 (210 Views)
The Government has started offering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships towards the training of science teachers at the country's state universities and teachers' colleges.

This follows the suspension of STEM scholarships for Advanced level pupils which has been described as a risky investment.

Addressing academics at Solusi University last Friday, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira said they were extending the STEM initiative to the training of science teachers who are in demand countrywide.

"We are in the process of encouraging the training of science in our universities and colleges, especially teaching of science teachers so that they can go and teach properly in the schools. So we have asked Mkoba Teachers' College, Joshua Nkomo Teachers' College and Masvingo Teachers' College to start taking secondary science teachers and we are going to support those teachers," said Prof Murwira.

He said the training of science teachers is a worthy investment.

"So we will give them scholarships, because one teacher teaches many students and many generations but one student at 'A' level we don't know whether they are going to pass or not. So it's risky investment which borders on the side of tsotsis," he said.

Prof Murwira said the move to train teachers and suspend 'A' level scholarships came out of the realisation that the ministry was extending beyond its mandate.

"That's the way we want to take the STEM programme. The STEM scholarship programme was a programme for 'A' level students but I said I think we are doing an over-reach.

"We are a Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and Zimdef is basically for post high school, to teach people in industrial colleges as well as teach people in colleges, universities," he said.

"What we do here is we produce teachers and send them to primary and secondary schools to produce raw materials for us so that we have more students".

He said teachers who enroll at universities would all be supported at the rate of State universities so that the support is the same for everyone.

Prof Murwira said besides supporting apprenticeships once again, the STEM initiative was also going to support the construction of science laboratories in underprivileged communities countrywide. He added that Government was willing to work with private universities and also include them in various projects the ministry is undertaking.

Solusi University Vice Chancellor Prof Joel Musvosvi said the university was facing a number of challenges due to the economic climate chief among them failure by students to pay fees.

Prof Musvosvi said the university was now establishing a specific mandate as it did not have one since inception.

"At the time of its establishment, the institution was not given a specific mandate; it was to serve as a general purpose university to serve the interests of the church and nation.

"There are current discussions with the current body to establish a specific mandate. The areas of health and wellness express as a very a strong pillar for the Seventh Day Adventist church and the mandate maybe devolved in this particular area and discussion is underway," said Prof Musvosvi.

The Seventh Day Adventist church run institution has five faculties namely Arts, Business Administration, Education, Science and Technology, Theology and Religious studies

Prof Musvosvi pleaded with the minister to help in engaging relevant authorities to repair the bad road network leading to the university.

The strip road to the university is in a bad state and poses great challenges especially for small vehicles to navigate.

After touring Solusi University, Prof Murwira proceeded to the United College of Education (UCE).

- online

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

MDC exposed for 'lying'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 11 December 2018 | 133 Views

WATCH: Worms and black water in Harare taps

by Mandla Ndlovu | 11 December 2018 | 92 Views

Drama at Tendai Biti's trial

by Mandla Ndlovu | 11 December 2018 | 148 Views

Calls for diaspora vote at ZANU PF conference

by Fidelis Fengu | 11 December 2018 | 105 Views

Mawere threatens Ginimbi

by Mandla Ndlovu | 11 December 2018 | 129 Views

Michael Reza not fit to be a prosecutor

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 11 December 2018 | 99 Views

Mnangagwa is failing Zimbabwe

by Frazer Muzondo, MDC UK and ROHR ZIM | 11 December 2018 | 140 Views

Surviving under sanctions 101

by Never Maswerasei | 11 December 2018 | 83 Views

Mnangagwa consolidates power

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 114 Views

Chamisa and Biti's hypocrisy exposed

by Dr Masimba Mavaza | 11 December 2018 | 159 Views

Grace Mugabe tormented villagers face fresh eviction threats

by newzimbabwe | 11 December 2018 | 167 Views

'Bulawayo industry revival vital'

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 98 Views

Ex-Immigration Dept officials face sexual harassment probe

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 114 Views

SA eases children's travel requirements

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 123 Views

Bosso sweat over players contracts

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 102 Views

Zanu-PF allocates buses to each district

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 111 Views

Bulawayo fertility centre helps 17 couples in first year

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 109 Views

Mnangagwa will publicise shootings report

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 88 Views

Biti demands Zec server

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 90 Views

Zanu-PF conference venue in lockdown

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 94 Views

Mathema, Matanga sued

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 86 Views

Undenge acquitted in Chivayo fraud case

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 87 Views

Mnangagwa urged to urgently align laws with Constitution

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 81 Views

Zimbabwe's first school of politics opened

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 76 Views

Kamambo promises bliss

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 81 Views

'Withhold Parliament benefits for rowdy MDC legislators'

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 80 Views

Gweru hikes burial fees 100%

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 78 Views

Chiefs in a fix over settling witchcraft cases

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 78 Views

Zanu-PF women target Chamisa over presidential age limit

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 49 Views

Biti applies for exception to all charges

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 46 Views

Mutsvangwa stands down

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 69 Views

Arthur Mutambara trashes GNU talk

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 56 Views

Overturning donkey cart kills 12-year-old

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 48 Views

Zimbabwean woman was strangled in UK

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 58 Views

Zacc opens Bulawayo office

by Staff reporter | 11 December 2018 | 52 Views