Govt pays $800 000 for Stem students

GOVERNMENT has paid close to $800 000 for 3 404 A’ Level students who have enrolled to study science subjects in various government and mission schools throughout the country.

By Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development is promoting the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics under its Stem programme.

Under the programme, the government pays both school and boarding fees for all students who register for Stem subjects.

Several tertiary institutions have welcomed the initiative, which is meant to halt the country’s deficiencies with regard to science and technology skills in various facets of the economy.

In a notice yesterday from the ministry, 3 404 students had registered, with Harare accounting for 672, while Matabeleland North had 114 beneficiaries as of last Friday.

According to the breakdown, Manicaland has 484 students, Midlands (468), Bulawayo (413), Mashonaland East (400), Masvingo (339), Matabeleland South (192), Mashonaland Central (187) and Mashonaland West has 135 students to date.

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