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Without O Level Maths, you are uneducated, says minister Moyo
13/02/2017 00:00:00
by Parliamentary Correspondent
minister condemns Moyo’s STEM project

HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has described professionals without ordinary level mathematics as unskilled.

Appearing before the Higher and Tertiary Education parliamentary committee on Monday, Moyo dared professionals who "flunked" the subject to retake it.

“A person who doesn’t speak through numbers as far as I am concerned is unskilled. We are not shy to say if you graduated from ‘O’ Level without Mathematics you are not educated,” Moyo said.

According to him, the STEM initiative, which provides free education for Advanced Level students who are scientifically astute, builds on the industrialization and modernization agenda launched by President Robert Mugabe when he was heading the African Union and SADC.

Moyo said the “unstematised” population of academics was to blame for the challenges facing the country.

“We know that before STEM there have been engineers, civil and actuarial engineers. But we take issue to their ability to provide solutions to obvious problems in society,” he said.

“It is not good enough to tell me there are civil engineers whilst there are potholes all over the place and nobody has come up with a local solution to a local problem.

“STEM emphasizes on technological and engineering solutions. That has been missing. We need pothole and road engineers.”

Just like his counterpart, Primary and Secondary minister Lazarus Dokora, Moyo said his ministry is also in the process of coming-up with a new curriculum which will make an undergraduate degree the minimum professional qualification.

It will also standardize university degrees.

“There will be legislative reforms in the next two months. Students should be able to transfer from one university to another whenever there is reason,” he said.

Launched last January, Moyo said STEM will be in existence until 2026 benefitting at least 10 000 students annually.

Reacting to critics who feel the programme is gender insensitive, he said merit will remain the major qualifying factor.


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