Harare - Zimbabwe's Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Murwira Amon is positive a new policy charter on education will help graduates to implement what they would have learnt to grow the country’s economy.
The ministry has put in place a new policy framework, the Zimbabwe National Qualifications Framework (ZNQF), aimed at fully utilising all the available resources to improve industrialisation.
The policy will also promote the free movement of learners in and outside Zimbabwe as well as in the Southern African region.
The country’s education system is ranked the best not only in the SADC region, but throughout the African continent, standing at 90.7% literacy rate.
But biting sanctions imposed by the Western countries on Zimbabwe has reversed economic growth
And Murwira believes the country’s graduates can help turn around fortunes if they implement what they would have learnt at higher learning institutions in Zimbabwe.
In an interview early this week, Murwira spoke at length about how education can help develop the country.
“Zimbabwe is ranked highly in terms of literacy rate on the continent and that can be harnessed into high industrial production,” he said.
“Today’s educational system in the country is arranged in the intellectual culture of enlightenment and economic circumstances of industrial revolution.
“Education has significant benefits to human development along with its benefits to other sectors. Beyond increased general knowledge, an educated population is better equipped to address issues affecting the region such as industrial development and poverty eradication in Southern Africa.
"In line with this view, Zimbabwe is moving from the old way literacy education where it was only based on issuing information to the students, to an industrial productivity of information which is an interaction type of education where students play their part in coming up with new ideas to build a better Africa as well with new scientific ways to aid development in the nation.”
The industrialisation process being inculcated in the students at tertiary level in the country, said Murwira, will churn out graduates who know how to turn things around.
He said the Government of Zimbabwe was aiming to eradicate poverty by creating a new generation that was not only literate but capable of self-employing themselves, laying a foundation for skills training and further education.
The pillar of the ministry’s vision, the ZNQF, will strengthen a national effort for integrating education into a unified structure with clear pathways which are going to aid development in Zimbabwe as well as in the region, creating jobs for the next generation.