Arron Nyamayaro in Beitbridge
A number of schools in Matabeleland South have not been offering science subjects, President Mnangagwa has learnt.
President Mnangagwa was shocked to learn that some of the schools in Beitbridge district were not teaching Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
He instructed the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Amon Murwira to engage Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima to address the issue.
He said this in his speech at the commissioning of the TelOne Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare fibre link yesterday.
“In the past, we used to think that Zimbabwe is land locked, this is behind us we are now land linked to the World.
“We want our children here to talk to pupils and students in Japan without boarding an aeroplane,” said President.
“In the modern economy, opportunity is technology and the role of Government is to ensure all its citizens have access to this technology.
“In addition, the middle-income economy status we envision, will be accelerated as a result of the digital socio-economic impact that cuts across financial services, health, retail, agriculture, mining, tourism and government.
“I have been briefed that most schools in this district do not teach mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.
“Fortunately, I have the minister of higher and tertiary education science and technology Professor Murwira who is here.
“I would like to instruct him and his colleague Minister Mavima to address this inadequacy in this district,” said President Mnangagwa.
Ministers were directed to move with speed to improve the efficiency of public services through the use of ICT solutions for the convenience of people.
“Let us look forward and not backwards. We must move out of our comfort zones and put aside archaic methods of how we have always done things better.
“By embracing technology and connectivity, we are embracing the future and giving our people the best opportunities to thrive in the modern economy,” said President Mnangagwa.
TelOne donated stationery and sanitary pads worth $40000 to four schools.
The national backbone fibre link commissioned connects Zimbabwe to the region and the link is expected to bring foreign currency.