2020 first year university students to all start lectures in August

By ZBC Reporter
UNIVERSITIES have postponed the start of lectures for first-year students from March to August to enable the synchronisation of programmes across colleges.
The move will enable students to transfer from one university to another without any hustle.
The synchronisation of the programmes is in line with the Statutory Instrument 133 of 2018.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira said the recruitment process of first-year students can be done any day though lectures will commence in August.
Programmes are being structured in such are a way that students can transfer from one university to another without any problem and continue with the same studies. Professor Murwira said if a Civil Engineering student from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) wants to transfer to the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) for the second semester onwards, that would not be a problem since the programmes are the same and they started at the same time.
“We have the Study in Zimbabwe Programme, where universities are trying to attract international students and the Zimbabwe Qualifications Framework, where they are trying to synchronise their programmes, following Statutory Instrument 132 of 2018,” said Prof Murwira.
Based on that, universities are working on the synchronisation of programmes. Hence first-year students will commence lectures in August 2020.
He said universities had their meeting on January 9 and agreed that for them to implement the Zimbabwe Qualifications Framework, they needed to start lectures for first-year students at the same time.
The universities will also be required to implement the new Education 5.0 Curriculum which emphasises on technology and innovation.