Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Jonathan Moyo says that the country’s universities are producing degrees which are largely irrelevant to our society. Moyo claimed that Zimbabwe universities have produced only 1 889 technologists since 1980 and most of these have left the country for greener pastures. He said the technologists are needed to head the country;s industrialisation process.
Addressing students at Midlands State University on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics recently Moyo said:
Now, most of these people who attained first degrees were in the fields of arts, commercials and social sciences. Most of these degrees are irrelevant in our society. That is why there is a very high unemployment rate.
We have produced a paltry 1 889 technologists in the country since 1980, and most of these people left the country.
The Minister also called for universities to introduce more science and technology courses saying:
The country is moving towards industrialisation and science and technical programmes and courses are more relevant in our society. We want people who can proffer solutions to the challenges our communities are facing