|Professor Amon Murwira|
HARARE – The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Amon Murwira has warned that no industrialisation will come Zimbabwe’s way unless local people, in partnership with their own institutions of higher and tertiary learning, take charge of the effort.
Speaking to members of the media at his offices in Harare this week, Murwira said the job-looking mentality rampant in the psyche of citizens ought to be dispensed with.
“Industries come from our deliberate efforts at higher and tertiary education to grow certain industrial pipelines and this is exactly how a country industrializes. That’s what independence means; it means doing your things and being able to produce your things,” said Murwira.
He said the education system should no longer be about teaching numeracy and literacy, warning that gone were the days of looking forward to foreigners setting up all the factories.
“Schools and universities are not there for decoration, they are serious sources of industrialisation. They are the springs of industry. All water comes from a spring and every industry comes from a spring called higher and tertiary education institutions. So these must be geared towards that.
“But as you know during the Education 3.0 era, we were training people to work in industries developed at Cambridge and Oxford. So they would produce and they bring it here, and we go and work. It would look like these people are so amazing, they are just giving us industries, and we are working,” lamented Murwira.
He said the new education thrust adopted by the government was geared at industrialising the country by developing local capabilities.
“Education 5.0 talks about industrialisation; and industrialisation talks about a lot of capabilities that we need for business development, which basically means all our institutions. It doesn’t have to be measured only by the number of certificates that they give; not by the number of graduate papers that they write but by the number of start-ups that they produce.
“Start-ups are businesses that result from our research culture. As a former colony, we have always seen industries but nobody told us the source of those industries. Ultimately the source of any industry is an institution of higher and tertiary education. But those sources were remote to this country; they were not in this country,” said Murwira.