The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development will soon reconfigure the skills and mandates in polytechnics by ensuring the production of engineering technologists who can transform ideas into patent technologies.

The 28th Mutare Polytechnic graduation and prize giving ceremony saw a total of 716 graduates being conferred with certificates and diplomas after completing their studies.

Addressing stakeholders, Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa said the programme of reconfiguring the skills and mandates of all polytechnics will be broaden to include all industrial training colleges and vocational training centres.

He said the upgrading of skills and mandates in all the polytechnics and vocational training centres will be the driving force for successful industrialisation strategy.

Adding to that Dr Gandawa said: “In line with the ever changing technological trends the ministry will soon make it mandatory for all teaching staff in polytechnics, vocational training centres to undergo industrial attachment in order to acquire relevant skills that will allow them to produce competent and relevant graduates”.

The acquisition and development of skills remains central to the promotion of economic growth and stimulation of rapid industrialisation as stipulated by the SADC agenda 2063, notes Mutare Polytechnic principal, Ms Poniso Watema.

She added the institution has taken heed to the ministry’s call and is fully striding ahead with a clear vision of producing STEM compliant graduates.

The graduands expressed their readiness to play a part in the economic development of the country.

The 28th Mutare Polytechnic graduation and prize giving ceremony was held under the theme, “Economic Empowerment and Growth through Revitalisation”.

Best students were also presented with trophies and prize money.