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More STEM; arts graduates unemployed – says Minister

18/05/2017 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent
 
Deputy minister Godfrey Gandiwa at Mutare Teachers' College
 
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MUTARE: A junior government minister has urged colleges to focus recruitment on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes, claiming that the ranks of Zimbabwe’s jobless were massed by arts graduates.

Deputy higher and tertiary education minister Godfrey Gandiwa, insisted hiwever, that he was not suggesting that arts and commercial subjects should be abandoned.

“Let me not be misconstrued to mean that the other arts and commercial subjects must be ignored.

“There is need to strike a balance in numbers since arts and commercial graduates have flooded the market and they are in need of employment,” said the deputy minister.

Gandawa was officiating at Mutare Teachers College’s (MTC) 60th graduation ceremony recently.

He added that Zimbabwe had, over the years, produced many non-STEM graduates who just flooded the job market with many remaining unemployed.

“We need to reduce the numbers and an increase must be seen in STEM area,” said Gandawa adding that the arts graduates should not just lament joblessness but look to self-employ through writing books and novels.

Government, through the higher education ministry, is implementing an ambitious STEM programme.

Thousands of students are being supported financially with school fees and other requirements through high school and university with the expectation that become job creators rather than job seekers and help drive the country’s industrialisation programme.

Meanwhile, some 700 students who conferred with diplomas in education at the MTC graduation ceremony. Half of them were in STEM subjects.



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