The government-initiated science technology engineering and mathematics programme (STEM) is yet to benefit scholars from Mudzi owing to lack of laboratories and qualified teachers in that area.

Not a single student from Mudzi has benefited from the noble STEM initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development meant to produce doctors, scientists and engineers for the country to industrialise.

This sad state of affairs prompted a local non-governmental organisation Elevate Trust whose thrust is empowering the girl child in STEM education to partner Mudzi South legislator Jonathan Samukange in a bid to ensure there are lab facilities, lab equipment and technical training provision for teachers in the marginalised area.

Chief Chimukoko welcomed the initiative by the MP and the NGO of donating equipment  for Mapombo High School and a pledge by Cde Samukange to construct laboratories in schools within Mudzi together with the communities’ input.

The handover of the equipment coincided with Africa Day commemorations and if fully implemented the plan for the provision of suitable laboratory facilities in Mudzi and the provision of suitably qualified teachers will see Mudzi churning out scholars who will also benefit from the STEM initiative.