President Mnangagwa has instructed two Cabinet ministers to work together in addressing challenges affecting the teaching of sciences in Beitbridge district.
Mnangagwa ordered Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Minister Professor Amon Murwira and Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima to act immediately. The area has 15 secondary and 70 primary schools and all do not have science laboratories, except for Zezani High which recently built one but it is yet to be equipped.
According to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Matabeleland South had a 52 percent shortage of teachers for sciences and technology related subjects in 2017. Mnangagwa made the remarks while addressing delegates at the commissioning of a US$23, 6 million National Backbone Fibre Link in the border town last week. Said Mnangagwa:
I have been briefed that most schools in this district are not teaching science subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Physics owing to a challenge of resources. Fortunately, we have the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education (Prof Murwira) here with us today. I therefore instruct him to engage his counterpart in charge of Primary and Secondary Education (Prof Mavima) to attend to the matter with the urgency it deserves.