THE HEALTH and Child Care and Primary and Secondary Education ministries on Monday jointly launched an innovative approach to career guidance called the Schools on the Shopfloor Programme at Mpilo Central Hospital.
Under this programme, high school students would be attached at Mpilo to cultivate informed career choices.
Bulawayo provincial education director Dan Moyo said students would be attached to the hospital for a week in 10 different departments of the institution and for now, the programme was only open to four that are closest to Mpilo.
“This programme is part of the ministries’ tactic to enhance the education sector in the country,” he said.
“At the moment, the programme is accessible to Sobukazi, Mzilikazi, St Columbus, and Northlea High Schools, but we will in the long run embrace other schools in the city.”
Moyo said students were stuffed with the theoretical aspects of education and this programme was meant to give them the practical aspect of education.
He hinted that the Primary and Secondary Education ministry would embark on a curriculum review programme with public input whereby the current education curriculum would be assessed and enhanced.
Mpilo Hospital chief executive officer Lawrence Mantiziba said having schools in the Shopfloor programme was part of the institution’s community service.
Mantiziba said Mpilo Hospital would help the Primary and Secondary Education ministry to “revolutionarise” the education system in Bulawayo.
“The hospital will assist the ministry uplift the education system in the metropolitan province. We will take part in this very important programme which will at the end sharpen the minds of today’s teenagers,” Mantiziba said.
National University of Science and Technology (Nust) vice-chancellor Lindela Ndlovu said the launch of the programme was commendable as students would no longer draw up careers from wish lists and dreams, but from a guided position.
Ndlovu urged students to utilise the unique opportunity extended to them and make the best out of it.
He said Nust took pride in research and innovation and would help to transform the hospital into a reliable health institution through the university’s Faculty of Medicine.