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Government pushes STEM education for a modernised Zimbabwe

Story by Mercy Bofu-Matinha

Government has challenged all schools to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for pupils to contribute towards the modernisation and industrialisation of the country.

Speaking to hundreds of pupils gathered at Mutendi High School in Masvingo for a careers’ day organised by Mutendi High Alumni Association, the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Honourable Angelina Gata said the heritage-based curriculum will ensure pupils contribute towards the attainment of Vision 2030.

“Our Heritage-based curriculum is designed to produce pupils with fit-for-purpose skills, knowledge and attitude to lead independent lives. This means schools must achieve the intended paradigm shift by strengthening the teaching and learning of STEM for pupils’ contribution towards industrialisation,” said Honourable Gata.

Plans are also underway to bolster the teaching of sports, visual and performing arts, alongside increasing recreational facilities in communities as the government focuses on extracurricular activities to combat the threat of drug and substance abuse among youth.

“We are happy that the government is also looking at strengthening the teaching of visual and performing arts in schools, we are looking at promoting sports in schools and communities and increasing recreational facilities such that our youths are always occupied,” said the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, Honorable Emily Jesaya.

The Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honorable Yeukai Simbanegavi said, “Fighting drug and substance abuse needs a collective approach from parents, school authorities and the community. We encourage pupils to refrain from taking drugs.”

The careers’ day, organised by Mutendi High School alumni, exemplifies the importance of mentorship and career guidance, especially in a rapidly changing world.

“We decided to host this day to interact with our little brothers and sisters here, assisting in providing career guidance. We believe if the young ones are mentored, they can significantly contribute to the development of our country,” said Advocate Anesu Chirenje.

Established in 1984 by the Zion Christian Church, Mutendi High School stands as a testament to the commitment of faith-based organisations to education for all, aligning with the government’s goals.

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