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Matabeleland North to get teachers training colllege

by Thobekile Zhou
12 May 2017 at 07:31hrs | Views
Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Godfrey  Gandawa  has said prospective teachers from provinces that do not have training college's should be freely  enrolled in other areas.

Matabeleland North and Mashonaland West are the only areas that do not have training colleges.

Gandawa said training colleges are national institutions and people should be enrolled 'irrespective of the area where the student comes from'.

He said Hwange Colliery Training Centre might be used as a "teachers' college and a polytechnic for a start".

Gandawa was responding in the Senate to  Chief  Chisunga who sought to know what policy measures Government has taken towards facilitating the recruitment of people from provinces such as Mashonaland West and Matabeleland North whose provinces do not have teacher training colleges.

" What measures has Government put in place to make sure that people from those areas are also recruited in those teacher training collages?" asked the Chief.

In response, Gandawa said  teacher colleges, polytechnics and universities are national institutions and cater for nationals of Zimbabwe.

"We also enroll students from across the world should they want to come and enroll in the country. So, irrespective of the area where the student comes from, it is Government policy that they must be treated equally and afforded the same opportunity in all our institutions across the country.

"Suffice to say that, we are aware that Matabeleland North and Mashonaland West do not have a teachers' college and polytechnic, both of them"

 According to Gandawa, government is in the process We of establishing sites to put up a polytechnic and teachers' college in the two provinces.

" I am sure in the other half of the year, in Matabeleland North, we have engaged the Ministry of Mines who are willing to lease to us the Hwange Colliery Training Centre for the teachers' college and a polytechnic for a start. In Mashonaland West, we are still in discussions to try and locate a place where we can put a teachers' college and a polytechnic".

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