The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Washington Mbizo has underscored the importance of public private partnerships for the development of educational infrastructure and services.
Dr Mbizvo made the remarks at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomoâ€˜s combined graduation ceremony of teachers and technicians in Gwanda.
The Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo graduation ceremony saw the conferring of teacher education diploma to over 637 students as well as certificates and diplomas to 209 technicians .The teacher training programme is run in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe.
He called on local mining companies such as Blanket Mine, Forbes and Thomson and Pretoria Portland Cement to partner with the college in supporting developmental programmes.
He said in order for economic growth to be attained a nation needs a strong human resource base which can be achieved if higher learning institutions are fully supported.
Â â€œTo generate accelerated economic growth for Zimbabweâ€˜s recovery, it requires human capital development which is only possible if tertiary institutions such as these are properly and adequately funded, â€œsaid Dr Mbizvo.
The pro vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe Professor Chipo Dyanda who was speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura said the investment that has been made towards empowering the graduants should now translate into meaningful contribution towards the development of the country.
In his report the college principal Mr. Nehemiah Moyo cited the shortage of lecturers as a critical challenge with the environmental health science department being the worst affected.Â One lecturer is currently teaching 67 students.
Â Of the 637 graduates, 549 went through teacher education programme and 87 went through the early childhood development programme. The occasion saw the graduates walking away with national certificates, diplomas and higher national diplomas .The special awards termed the permanent secretary awards went to Absolom Mavundutse and Zivaishe Zhou.