Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira urged teachers to embrace the new curriculum as it is designed to create industrialists and producers, unlike the old.
Minister Murirwa said this on Wednesday while officiating at the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) national annual conference closing ceremony in Harare. He said:
Our education has to be of international best practice but has to be unique in its application to Zimbabwe, that is why we are now using an improved education system which I urge all of us in the education sector to embrace.
Our mission critical for Zimbabwe now is to make sure that our education system leads to the production of goods and services, thus in effect causing industry.
In December 2017, we started on a process to creatively look at our education system, the old design was intentionally designed for the purpose of producing a worker, not an industrialist or a producer and there is no way we can fulfil our mission using that design.
Resultantly, we have now conceptualised a new augmented model that allows us to move from idea to product by adding innovation and industrialisation to the traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research and community outreach.
The new curriculum was introduced by former Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora and was initially met with stiff resistance by most stakeholders. However, with time, the opposition has mellowed.