Local authors have been challenged to produce more literature novels that articulate current and local issues so as to ensure that the Ministry of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture has a variety of material to choose from when selecting set books for Ordinary and Advanced Levels.The call was made by the Principal Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture, Mr. Tomas Doba who was standing in as Guest of Honour for the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Stephen Mahere, at an occasion to launch various new publications from Longman Zimbabwe at the National Arts Gallery in the capital.
Mr. Doba said the availability of various textbooks especially for literature guarantees the Ministry a wide range of choice when selecting literature set books for both â€˜Oâ€™ and â€˜Aâ€™ Level instead of recycling the same books for a number of years.
â€œThe move by Longman Zimbabwe will ensure that the education curricular is equipped with up-to-date teaching material,â€ said Mr. Doba.
Speaking at the same occasion, a publisher, Tendai Vutuza, said a series of textbooks have been edited and all outdated information has been removed.
â€œThere are some books which were published soon after independence or before independence which still refer to Canaan Banana as the Prime Minister which are likely to misinform the pupilsâ€¦.,â€ Vutuza said.
Among the books that were launched, was a literature novel by the late Philemon Mutambara, father to Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara.
Professor Mutambara who was representing his late father said the book was snubbed by the Rhodesian Publishers in the 1950s as it exposed colonial injustices.
â€œThe colonial masters were not happy with the book because it exposed the various colonial injustices and it also presented a black man having the guts to challenge the unjust rule,â€ said Professor Mutambara.
The launched books include five primary school textbooks which will cater for all grades and five literature novels namely; Fear not my brother by Shimmer Chinodya, Wangenza Mntanami by Mihla Sitsha, Tindoâ€™s Quest by Shimmer Chinodya, Izaga Lomdabuko by Passmore Moyo and Nziramasanga by Philemon Mutambara.