The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe says all educational institutions in the country should benefit from governmentâ€™s e-learning programme regardless of their location.
Cde Mugabe was speaking during the inauguration of the Presidential E-learning Programme at Chogugudza Primary School in Domboshawa this Wednesday.
The Presidential E-learning Programme, which is also known as the National E-learning Programme, entails bringing on board e-learning software solutions to complement the Presidential Schools Computerisation Programme, which was launched a decade ago.
This inaugural launch saw Cde Mugabe opening a computer laboratory equipped with 84 top of the range computers at the school.
In his address, the President said government shall harness the cooperation of alternative energy companies to make sure that the abundant solar energy that Zimbabwe has is fully utilised.
President Mugabe said the newly launched e-learning programme marks a phase that focuses on establishing networked computer laboratories in primary and secondary schools throughout Zimbabwe.
The programme will incorporate the installation of e-learning content and the provision of internet connectivity to enhance teaching and learning.
The Presidential E-learning Programme is also expected to yield the development of websites and web-based applications for universities, colleges, research institutions as well as primary and secondary schools.
â€œThe websites and web-based applications will facilitate online administration of examinations, library research and online interaction between schools and other stakeholders,â€ said Cde Mugabe.
The President went down memory lane narrating how his government since 1980 has committed itself to quality education and how Zimbabwean graduands have acquitted themselves well internationally in various fields of specialisation.
He pledged that Zimbabwe will continue to maintain, cherish and guard jealously its reputation of being the education torch-bearer regionally and internationally, through constant reviewing of the curriculum.
The ceremony was attended by thousands of school children, heads from Goromonzi district, chiefs, captains of industry and top government officials that include, Mashonaland East Governor Aeneas Chigwedere; ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa; State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi; co-Minister of Home Affairs Theresa Makone; Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo and the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Senator David Coltart.