Graduates from local universities and colleges have been urged to get rid of the colonial mentality where African education was designed to reduce them to job seekers and not entrepreneurs.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony held at Masvingo Polytechnic College, The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira said while the colonial education system was designed for the economic benefit of colonisers, the second Republic’s formula for economic prosperity is knowledge and skills based.
“I now urge you all to question and debunk this job conundrum or job confusion. Of course, we have to organise ourselves into consortia or companies to profit from economies of scale. Therefore, our formula for prosperity from employment and job creation is skills applied to fulfill human needs using a business model based on a loan facility,” said Prof Murwira.
The Principal of Masvingo Polytechnic College, Mr Callisto Muzongondi said the institution will rally behind the Education 5.0 philosophy to produce artisans, technicians, technologists and entrepreneurs who will turn around the country’s economy.
“It is our conviction as an institution that it is through collaborative research, innovation and industrialisation that we can meaningfully contribute to the country’s bid to attain an upper middle economy status by 2030,” Mr Muzongondi said.
Three hundred and ninety-eight male and four hundred and five female students graduated during a ceremony, whose theme was: Human Capital Development and Industrialisation through Collaborative Research and Innovation.