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Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education rolls out plan to fight drug abuse

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education rolls out plan to fight drug abuse

Story by Abigirl Tembo

THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address the menace of drug abuse which is destroying the future of many youths.

Presenting a lecture on the role of education in nation-building at the Zimbabwe National Defence University in Mazowe this Wednesday, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Torerai Moyo said his ministry is working with various other government ministries is devising ways to deal with menace of drug abuse in schools.

“Reports of local youths identified to be in a drunken-like stupor due to drug and substance abuse are widespread in the media in Zimbabwe and these paint a concerning picture. The ministry, together with other line ministries and other stakeholders are therefore rolling out programmes to provide both a comprehensive and integrated approach to address the menace in a whole of government and society approach. Coupled with the drug and substance abuse are cases of school bullying which once in a while rear its ugly head in our schools,” he said.

He added, “These twin evils which are counterproductive have no place in our schooling system. Ladies and gentlemen, suffice to say that the essence of education is to develop individuals so that they can become effective and efficient in what they do and also contribute to the advancement of the society where they live. Education plays a critical role in changing the behavioural patterns of citizens in the desired direction. Education (not just passing through the four walls of the school) system produces tolerant and civil citizens who can understand and live with people from different ethnic, economic, religious and cultural backgrounds and other forms of identities. This, therefore, fosters peace, security and national development.”

On the issue of the school curriculum, Minister Moyo said the curriculum should focus on the productive sectors of the economy.

“It is my submission that an education curriculum should speak to our national values. This is in line with the new Constitution which enjoins us in the preamble to take pride in “our heroic resistance to colonialism, racism and all forms of domination and oppression”, Our Education should closely relate the school to the productive sectors of the economy and by so doing develop skilled human capital that ensures sustainable development for the nation. It should also be an agent of positive socialisation and foster unity and diversity of cultures by developing the 16 officially recognised languages as identified in the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The country is in the process of drafting a new curriculum which will be used for the next seven years, with consultations having been done this year.

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