More than 6 000 students graduated with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines at the Harare Polytechnic College this Thursday.
Some of the graduands who spoke to ZBC News said they were ready to provide solutions to societal problems.
Harare Polytechnic Principal, Engineer Tafadzwa Mudondo also said he was convinced the graduates were equipped with the requisite skills to respond to the country’s economic challenges through sustainable home-grown solutions. He said:
I can proclaim and vouch with academic authority, astuteness and certainty that these graduands experienced proper educational sanitisation. They were properly inoculated and adequately grilled against educational fragmentation and backtracking. They are ready for the field of work and create employment.
Learning institutions are teaching the heritage-based Education 5.0 model which is premised on making higher and tertiary education responsive to the needs of the country.
The graduation ceremony was held as Zimbabwe is grappling with shortages of food, water, fuel, and shelter shortages.
The industry is also collapsing which entails that jobs are decreasing and are not commensurate with the number of graduates.
The government has been calling on graduates to create employment instead of waiting for closing companies to employ them. Critics say the government was running away from its responsibility to create employment for its people.