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Invest more into education, govt urged – NewsDay

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UNICEF country representative Tajudeen Oyewale has urged government to ensure that all children access basic education by investing more into the sector.

In a statement yesterday to commemorate the International Day of Education, Oyewale said to support the country’s education sector, educationists Robert Jenkins, Unicef director for education and adolescent development and David Morley, chief executive officer of Unicef Canada are in the country to meet Primary and Secondary Education ministry officials, education partners, donors and learners to better understand the education environment in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe has a high net enrolment ratio in primary school. Nine out of 10 children of primary level are in school. This is among the highest enrolment rates in primary school on the African continent. This figure has remained stable in the last decade, which is a remarkable accomplishment. But our shared ambition is to do even more and reach universal enrolment of children in primary school,” Oyewale said.

He said the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child highlights access to free primary education as a fundamental right of every child.

He said Unicef in partnership with the Primary and Secondary Education ministry and the Zimbabwe Economic Society, will today organise a high-level policy dialogue on education financing.

Meanwhile, teachers’ unions have decried the dire state of the education sector.

Amalgamated Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure said:  “We have, however, witnessed neglect of education, with mass dropouts of learners as government has failed to meet the mandate of State-funded education. Our government has failed to remove the barriers to education.  There is also underpayment of teachers, which is a serious challenge to access to education. Teachers spend little time in the classroom complaining of underpayment. We understand 224 students are out of school today, which is a serious embarrassment.”

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou said: “There is nothing to celebrate in Zimbabwe because education has become a preserve of the rich with many children dropping out of school. The budget allocation for Primary and Secondary Education at 14% of the total budget falls far short of the 2002 Dakar Framework agreement by African countries that stipulated that such a budget must be above 20% of the total budget.

“Free education entails allocating US$50 per term for each of the 5,7 million pupils. It therefore remains a pipe-dream in Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe Women Against Corruption Trust, in its report, said the level ofinequality between learners from poor families and those from richer ones was widening.

“Attention is being given to those who afford paying and those who can’t afford are being deprived equal access to qualityeducation. Parents are left at the mercy of these teachers as they will be forced to make informal payments (for extra lessons),” the report read. -Follow us on Twitter @NewsDayZimbabwe

 

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SA Labour Court sets aside dismissal of three Zimbabwe immigrant … – Bulawayo24 News

The Labour Court in Gqeberha has granted four lecturers, who are foreign nationals, an interdict to set aside their dismissals by the Port Elizabeth TVET College’s Iqhayiya Campus.
In the written ruling on Tuesday, the College was ordered to appear before the Court on 22 February “to show cause why a final order should not be granted” to compel the college to comply with the Labour Relations Act.

The court granted the interdict pending the outcome of the hearing.

GroundUp spoke to the lecturers on Monday before the ruling. Three are holders of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) and one other is Rwandan and has an asylum permit. Three have been employed at the college since 2014 and one since 2015, in the civil engineering faculty. The lecturers have asked that their identities not be published.

The lecturers were each sent a letter dated 12 January 2023 and signed by acting principal Jessie Figg and her deputy, D Baartzes, which stated, “It is with regret that we have to inform you that your employment with Port Elizabeth TVET College will be discontinued effective from 1 February 2023.”

The letter stated that their dismissal was in terms of legislation including the Public Service Act, the Department of Public Service and Administration Policy on the utilisation of foreign nationals; the Immigration Act; and the Critical Skills List Compliance gazetted in February 2022.

The lecturers were instructed to return any property owned by the college without delay.

“I was shocked and taken aback,” one of the lecturers told GroundUp. “I only learnt about it when I was in Zimbabwe visiting my family during the festive season. I’m the only breadwinner providing for many people who are desperate back home.”

Human rights lawyer Simba Chitando said that the college had not followed proper procedure when dismissing the lecturers.

“This smacks of systematic institutional xenophobia targeting mostly Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa and is without doubt a gross human rights violation that deserves judicial scrutiny,” he said.

Sangolinye Ngqungwana, a lecturer at the same college and shop steward for the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), accused the college of targeting immigrant lecturers.

“This incident is completely unlawful because these lecturers have been employed here for years. This is very xenophobic.”

Emails and WhatsApp messages sent by Groundup to the college’s acting principal on 16 and 19 January, and again on Tuesday, 31 January after the ruling, all went unanswered. We also contacted the Department of Higher Education and Technology spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, who had not responded by the time of publication.

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Top 10 Universities in Zimbabwe 2023 – New Zimbabwe.com

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Do you want to study in Zimbabwe? The country is home to a wide collection of schools and institutions. Check out our Zimbabwe university rankings below.

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Zimbabwe is one of the most fascinating countries on the continent. It is home to Africa’s largest waterfall and the biggest man-made lake. But its education system stands out the most. The academic year runs from January to December. Not only this, but the government has expanded educational opportunities. This has led to a literacy rate of 51% for ages 15 – 24 compared to other universities in the continent. The universities are also open to foreign students with study permits. Below are the top 10 top ranked universities in Zimbabwe you can enroll in 2023.

Writing an Admission Essay

Most high ranking African universities demand admission essays. Apart from this, the knowledge of how to write one will prove valuable throughout your study. Students have a tendency to turn to Papersowl professional essay writing service in order to improve the quality of their paper. Unlike the applicants, these experts have a minimum of a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. Creating an essay that meets all the requirements and standards is among the priorities for those applying to Zimbabwe universities.

Top 10 universities in Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education is in charge of Zimbabwe’s tertiary sector. It covers universities, polytechnics, vocational training centers, and teacher training colleges. The country’s university system only started expanding after independence. But increasing access to education has seen the emergence of many high ranking colleges. Take a look at our university rankings below:

1.    University of Zimbabwe

The University of Zimbabwe is the highest ranked institution in the country and 2119 in the World university rankings. It was founded in 1955, and over 19,000 students from 13 nations attend the institution. The school is not the most beautiful university in the world or the continent. Yet, it is one of the best destinations for international students. UZ offers postgraduate and undergraduate programs for local and international students. It has 10 faculties and offers on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

2.    National University of Science and Technology

NUST is the second-largest public research university in the country. It is also one of the highest ranking institutions in the country. It takes the number 5153 in the world university ranking. The school offers programs spanning 3–5 years and has 6 faculties. They include Built Environment, Commerce, Applied Science, Industrial Technology, Medicine, and Communication and Information Science. NUST offers scholarship opportunities to reduce the payment burden. The institution has 1960 students, and all faculties are administered on the main campus except Medicine.

3.    Midlands State University

Midlands State University is another top ranked academic institution you can attend in Zimbabwe. It ranks 3rd in the university rankings 2023 and high in the world university rankings. The cost of living and semester fee is not high. Nonetheless, the school offers various scholarship opportunities. As a result, it is a more budget-friendly option compared to UZ. There are 9 faculty programs you can enroll in, and the institution is close to some of Zimbabwe’s heritage sites and landmarks. The institution was founded in 2000. However, it currently has over 31,000 students from 12 nations.

4.    Africa University – Mutare

AU is a private United-Methodist related and Pan-African Institution. The top ranking school has 8,000 students. Out of them, 1200 are from 40 nations. As a result, it is a top destination for foreign students. AU ranks 5173 in the world university rankings. The institution currently has 3 schools and is a multilingual community. However, assessment tools and lectures are in English. The non-profit Christian institution has a 70 – 80% admission rate and offers double intake.

5.    Chinhoyi University of Technology

CUT was established in 2021 out of Chinhoyi Technical Teachers College. It offers undergraduate courses in business science, engineering, and agriculture. The institution has over 4000 students from 12 nations, 163 staff, and scholarships. It is home to over 25 clubs and associations and a campus library with 98,654 textbooks and e-resources. CUT provides accommodation for only freshman and final-year students. There are also numerous sports facilities students can enjoy.

6.    Arrupe Jesuit University

AJU is a fully accredited private university run by the Zimbabwe-Mozambique province of the Society of Jesus. It grew out of Arrupe College and is an excellent center for educating men and women through Ignatian and Jesuit pedagogy. The school has one of the best libraries in the country, and every full-time staff and student has access to a personal computer or its equivalent in their residence. There are 2000 students from 15 nations in the institution, and you can enroll via scholarships.

7.    Solusi University

SU is a private coeducational university in Zimbabwe. Located in Bulawayo, the institution was initially established in 1894. However, it received authorization to operate as a university in 1994. The school has 3000 students from 12 nations and numerous scholarship opportunities. It offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programs but has a selective admission policy based on past academic records and entrance examinations. The high-rated school has a diversified and racial environment and offers accommodation as apartments.

8.    Great Zimbabwe University

GZU is located in Masvingo and is one of the institutions that opened after independence. It is home to 20,000 students and has a staff ratio of 33/1. The school offers accommodation to local and foreign students. However, international students who wish to stay on campus must indicate early, as spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. GZU has programs for PhDs, Masters, and Bachelor’s degrees. The admission rate is 70%, and the curriculum promotes African culture.

9.    Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

MUAST was established in 1999 and has 6000 students from 12 nations. The school was declared an independent institution in 2017 and prides itself as a leading center of excellence in technological innovations and agricultural science. MUAST operates 24/7 and has various services to support the health and welfare of students throughout their studies. It also provides state-of-the-art accommodation, on-request diets, and sports and art facilities.

10.   Harare Institute of Technology

HIT wraps our list of the best Zimbabwe university rankings. The institution was established as a Vocation Center. However, it evolved into a Technical College offering mechanical, electrical, and automotive engineering courses. The school has 2000 students and offers quality technology programs for postgraduates and undergraduates. It has accommodations that cater to 400 students based on vulnerability, and the canteen offers subsidized meals.

Conclusion

Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful countries in Southern Africa. It is renowned for its dramatic landscape, diverse wildlife, and quality education. The institutions are open to foreigners and locals and offer top-tier resources to encourage an enjoyable schooling experience. The programs are taught by qualified lecturers, and the cost of studying is not expensive. If you must choose one, we recommend you apply to the University of Zimbabwe. The institution tops the world university rankings in Zimbabwe. Apart from this, it has a conducive learning environment.

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‘Zimbabwe’s underpaid prosecutors can’t resist bribes’ – Bulawayo24 News

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has admitted that State prosecutors are susceptible to bribery because of poor working conditions and low pay.

Chief public prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare, who was representing acting Prosecutor-General Nelson Mutsonziwa on Tuesday during the launch of the Transparency International 2022 Corruption Perception Index report in Harare urged government to capacitate anti-corruption institutions financially and materially to effectively execute their mandate.

“There is a need to capacitate anti-corruption institutions materially and in terms of human resources,” Zvekare said.

“As I said earlier, you find out that most of the civil servants are remunerated poorly. Most of them are lodgers, they do not own houses. For the NPA it is not desirable to be a lodger.  Imagine a prosecutor being a tenant; he may be a tenant at a criminal’s house. The criminal is arrested then goes to court; the prosecutor will be incapacitated to deal with the case because they are being housed by that criminal. If they are properly remunerated and well-resourced you will find that they will be cushioned and will not be susceptible to corruption.

“As long as people are suffering and a bribe is offered, it’s very difficult for them to resist. It also goes back to the issue of brain drain that I was talking about. If they are well remunerated, they will not even think about resigning.”

At the launch, anti-graft activists said perpetrators of corruption enjoyed impunity.

Several high-profile corruption cases that have been brought before the courts have been dismissed without the perpetrators facing their day in court.

“Wanted persons find it easy to cross into neighbouring countries by paying their way past security, immigration and customs personnel,” Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum board member and Civic Education Network Trust (CIVNET) executive director Wellington Mbofana said.

“In 2017 a high-profile person did the same. Weapons, dangerous substances like drugs and dangerous persons like terrorists who may radicalise the populace are also brought into the country through the same corruption-weakened system. In the north of Mozambique, the insurgence started with radicalisation around the dichotomy of rising poverty and exploitation of abundant natural resources.”

During discussions, the NPA shifted the blame of collapsing court cases on the  police and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission investigating officers saying they were failing to substantiate the cases whenever they bring them for prosecution

“The threshold of proving a criminal case is proving beyond reasonable doubt. As the NPA we depend on the investigators — that is the police and Zacc, that if they give us a good docket with enough evidence, we will not fail to do our duty.  At times we are not given good cases to prosecute, and we are compromised in our discharge of our mandate as prosecutors.  That is why some cases which may be obvious convictions to you may not be necessarily prosecuted,” Zvekare said.

“I will give an example of a soccer match, we are strikers. If the midfielders, who are the investigators, give us poor passes, we will not score.”

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