The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira says the education sector needs to concentrate more on equipping graduates with practical skills, after a national audit conducted to determine the country’s skills capacity revealed that though the country has a 94 percent literacy rate, the skills level are pegged at a mere 38 percent.
Professor Murwira, who officiated at a graduation ceremony at Morgenster Teachers College, said there is need for the education sector to move away from smooth talking and sophisticated language that means nothing.
He stressed the need to close the gap between the literacy and skills rate.
“We did a national skills audit and it revealed that while our education system is at 94 percent literacy rate, the skills level is pegged at 38 percent. That means we have a lot of work to do. It means we are doing little in terms of skills building and we now want to focus on that. We need a philosophy that is simple to follow,” said Professor Murwira.
Professor Murwira said teachers are the basis of a nation’s confidence, adding that selflessness is the hallmark of any teacher.
The minister said the education system has to be comparable and standardised across the country, regardless of where one goes to school.
The graduates say their biggest concern is on whether they will be able to find jobs now that they have completed their studies.
Most were, however, hopeful that the new government will create more opportunities for the many graduates who are currently unemployed.
“Tarisiro yedu ndeyekuti tichawanawo kwekonodzidzisa, toda kuti tigonewo kuwana mabasa zvisati zvabuda mumusoro zvatakadzidza. (We hope to get jobs before we forget what we have learnt),” said one of the graduates.
“Totarisirawo kuti kana tamawana mabasa, tichagona kudzidzisa zvatakawana, asi nguva ikarebesa tisati tawana mabasa tokanganwa saka tovimba tomawana nekukasira. (We certainly hope to get jobs soon, so that we can impart what we have learnt to students),” another student said.
The education sector is expected to help in turning around the country`s economy through producing well-rounded graduates.