DEPUTY Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Raymore Machingura, has urged graduates to implement the Education 5.0 skills attained during their learning to help alleviate the country’s challenges.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister, Professor Amon Murwira, at the 2022 Harare Polytechnic graduation ceremony yesterday, Dep Min Machingura said products of the new curriculum have the capacity to bring solutions to the challenges which the country faces.
The graduation ceremony was held under the theme: “Transforming Learning, Research and Intellectual Excellence for Accelerated Heritage Based Human Capital Development”.
“Higher and tertiary education institutions must develop industrial and commercial enterprises that satisfy the needs of our people,” said Dep Min Machingura.
He said they will continuously develop the education sector.
He advised graduates to use the knowledge they acquired to help eradicate hunger and poverty.
“I am happy to hear that the water that you are using is 100 percent from this institution, therefore, I urge you to go out and implement these skills.
“Bring forward the knowledge that you have acquired in your own locations to bring solutions,” he said.
Dep Min Machingura said education was not only for research but to innovate and industrialise Zimbabwe.
“Through the modular system, we expect students not to be kept in theory classes unnecessarily long, but to do practical education,” he said.
He advised the institution to help students set up companies in which they will be the directors.
“Our main aim, as the Government, is to grow a private sector through innovations from higher and tertiary education.
“I encourage you to go out and produce quality goods and services which everyone wants,” said Dep Min Machingura.
This year’s graduation encompassed the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes.
The ceremony saw 6 793 students graduating, but only 680 prize winners attended physically.