The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo has implored teacher training institutions to put their emphasis on research in order to produce human capital that is relevant to the industry.

Addressing various stakeholders who gathered at Mary Mount Teachers College to witness the conferment of diplomas in education to 1173 graduates, Professor Moyo said teacher training institution should focus more on research and innovations on culture and heritage principles.

He said the ministry is now at an advanced stage of coming up with a Higher and Technology Education, Science and Technology Bill 2017, which seeks to make a number of structural changes to the foundation of higher and tertiary education.

Speaking at the same occasion, the principal for Mary Mount Teachers College, Mrs Petty Silitshena, said the college has embraced STEM and focus is on moulding competent human capital that have entrepreneurial skills.

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) representative, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri commended the teachers college for producing creative and patriotic graduates ready to transform lives.

Running under the theme: ‘Re-branding Primary Teacher Education Through STEM,’ Mary Mount Teachers College’s 2017 graduation was the largest ever and saw best students receiving prize money and floating trophies.