Govt Suspends Jonathan Moyo’s STEM Scholarship Programme

Speaking during his tour of universities and polytechnics at Bulawayo Polytechnic, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira yesterday said Government is suspending paying fees for Advanced level Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics students.

He said the funds from the the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) which were being used to pay fees for STEM students will now be used for manpower development by supporting students in institutions of higher learning. Said Murwira:

We are no longer going to sponsor any more students, except the ones who are already on the roll. The ones that we already started paying for will have their fees paid until they complete. We are not going to take a second batch which means we are liberating the money. Why are we liberating it? For apprenticeships, that’s what we are trying to do.

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He said a there is a forensic audit at Zimdef to ascertain the usage of funds.

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2 comments on “Govt Suspends Jonathan Moyo’s STEM Scholarship Programme

  1. It is somehow more important 4Gvt to buy car 4chiefs, and discontinue stem scholarships 4ur bright students.

    This is a new era, u must think Zimbos a on Mangemba. Its just a flip o the same bloody coin.

    Jingles blah blah, stop talking down to us Prof Murwira – we can tell night from day.

    We get it, Professor uknow BETTER – how to listen to yo voice. Well know this 4sure, we want our #stem back

  2. To take Prof. Murwira’s argument against the requirement for ‘O’ Level Maths to enter colleges and univeristies in Zimbabwe to its logical conclusion, a individual who aspires to be a builder should not waste time on all the ‘irrelevant’ subjects such as English Language, Shona, Geography, History, Science, Mathematics, Accounting…, and just concentrate on Building from ECD to College. How ridiculous! I thought insistence on a pass in Maths at ‘O’level is to ensure a well-rounded ‘literate AND numerate’ collegiate and professional.

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