Zanu PF youths and student union leaders aligned to the party on Thursday made a thinly-veiled attack on Professor Jonathan Moyo’s utterances that mathematics should be made mandatory for students intending to enrol at tertiary institutions.
by Stephen Chadenga
Speaking during a familiarisation tour of Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo on Monday, the Higher and Tertiary Education minister said government would soon make it mandatory that students wishing to enrol at universities and other tertiary institutions should have maths and science subjects at Ordinary Level.
But Zanu PF national secretary for youth affairs Pupurai Togarepi said that young people were not homogeneously gifted hence government’s establishment of vocational training centres that concentrate mainly in practical subjects.
“Recognising that young people are not homogeneously gifted . . . some excel in academics while others do well in practical subjects, the leadership of our country hopes to establish at least one vocational training centre in each district thoroughout the country,” Togarepi said at the Zimbabwe Congress of Student Unions (Zicosu) Midlands province meeting at Gweru Polytechnic on Thursday.
“Better still, some young people do well in the arts and sport and to support this, government set up the Ministry of Sport and Recreation and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.”
Togarepi cited World Boxing Council welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi whom he said was recently honoured in the country for exceptional performance in sport which has nothing to do with academic qualifications.
Zicosu president Tonderai Chidawa made a slogan blasting professors who “think they are intelligent”.
“Down with professors who think they are intelligent, down with professors who are anti-revolutionary,” said Chidawa in a thinly-veiled attack on Moyo.