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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said his government was committed to ensuring peace during elections as political temperatures have risen ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The country has already recorded isolated incidents of political violence, with the opposition alleging that it is being targeted by suspected ruling Zanu PF supporters.

The run-up to the March by-elections was marred by political violence that claimed the life of an opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist.

Addressing delegates at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, United States yesterday, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was a peaceful country.

“As my government continues to entrench democracy, good governance and the rule of law, we are committed to vibrant, competitive and peaceful political contestations. Zimbabwe is a peace loving country,” Mnangagwa said.

Human rights watchdogs have, however, predicted a violent run-up to the 2023 elections.

Turning to southern Africa, Mnangagwa appealed for UN support to fight Islamic terrorist activities in neighbouring Mozambique.

“The spread of terrorism and intensification of old conflicts on the African continent and throughout the world have been a setback to our quest to “silence the guns,” he said.

“In southern Africa, we remain seized with insecurity and terrorist insurgency in northern parts of Cabo Delgado (Mozambique) and conflicts in parts of the Great Lakes Region.

“Emboldened by our Sadc regional philosophy that ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’, we continue to pool our resources to fight terrorism and other threats to peace, security and stability in our region. We appeal to the United Nations to render the requisite support to our efforts to restore peace in the affected areas,” he added.

Meanwhile, two Zimbabwean nationals have been selected to champion the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Activist and You Tuber Varaidzo Kativhu and HIV/Aids advocate Paul Ndlovu are now part of the UN flagship initiative of the Office of the Secretary General’s envoy on youth, which recognises exceptional young people around the world.

They were selected alongside 15 other young people from across the globe.

“This next cohort of young leaders for the SDGs hail from all corners of the world and work across all pillars of the UN, including sustainable development, human rights, and peace and security,” the UN said.

“The group who are all between the ages of 17 and 29 years old include an aspiring astronaut, medical doctor and fashion designer, paralympic medalist, poet, artists, climate entrepreneurs, peacebuilders, gender justice advocates, and education innovators, among others.”

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake said: “Even amid the ongoing pandemic, climate crisis and global instability, these young people demonstrate immense resilience, resourcefulness and leadership in finding innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.”

Since its launch in 2016, the initiative has collectively reached millions of young people around the world.

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Open University Malaysia ushers a new era of online education from Malaysia – The PIE News

One of the by-products of the Covid-19 pandemic was the rise of remote learning across academic institutions. While it initially served as a countermeasure to continue providing education in the wake of the virus, the idea of a fully online tertiary education is gradually gaining momentum as people continue to handle a larger portion of their daily affairs digitally.

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Education has highest inflation: ZimStat – Newsday

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THE country’s education sector has the highest inflation compared to other sectors, according to the latest Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (ZimStat) report.

ZimStat says education had the highest inflation at 30% as of September  following a hike in tuition fees.

“Zimbabwe’s major groups with high inflation in September 2022 are: Education (30%), housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (12,10%), communication (8,60%) clothing and footwear (4,90%), health (3,50%) and transport (2,20%),” the report read.

Early this month, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students staged protests over a 1 000% tuition fee hike that saw learners being asked to pay as much as $500 000 per semester for undergraduate degrees.

But government said the university fees were subsidised and cheaper compared to other countries, stoking more protests. UZ authorities later reviewed the fees downwards.

Government and private schools also hiked fees when schools opened for the third term, with some learning institutions exclusively demanding United States dollars.

Last month, World Remit 2022 Cost of School ranked Zimbabwe’s education as one of the most expensive, leading to a rise in school dropouts.

The report said the cost of education in Zimbabwe was six times more than the total average income for any family.

“To advance this annual study, World Remit observed 11 new countries, looking at the standard school supply costs. Of these, Zimbabwe showed the highest costs relative to average family size and monthly income at nearly 700% of the average household income,” the report read in part.

“In Zimbabwe, costs to send a household of children to school this year will (be) more than six times the average household income for a given family.”

Teacher unions have predicted an increase in school dropouts this year owing to the harsh economic climate and given that government has given schools the greenlight to charge fees in foreign currency.

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Biti questions Zim law schools: graduates ‘ill-trained, undercooked, dangerous’ – New Zimbabwe.com

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LEADING Harare lawyer and opposition legislator Tendai Biti has lamented the quality of legal training at the country’s universities accusing them of churning out poorly trained graduates onto the market.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Biti said when he trained as a lawyer “it was a vibrant community.

“We had international lectures, Law Journals that we used to write as students. We used to invite senior lawyers like Stanford Moyo to come and give us lectures at the University of Zimbabwe.”

However, although Zimbabwe now has more universities training lawyers, the quality of education has gone down in line with the general decline in standards across the country’s education sector.

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“Every university now has a Faculty of Law. I have no problem with that,” said Biti as he contributed to debate on the Judicial Services Amendment Bill.

Opposition CCC legislator Tendai Biti

“I think lawyers are now like teachers, they are everywhere but the problem is that there is no adequate staff and material to teach those students.

“I take interns at my law firm and some of the kids cannot even write their names. I was asking them to say surely you ought to know this and they said for the past two years we did not learn because of COVID.

“So, we are releasing dangerous, ill-trained, ill-prepared, under taught and under cooked graduates onto the market.”

Biti said the condition of law schools was one of many issues the Bill should address, including the dire state of the country’s courts where infrastructure is in disrepair and magistrates are forced to operate without critical provisions.

“To simply introduce this Bill in a country where we are still operating on second generation technology when other countries are on sixth generation will be a disaster,” he said.

“I submit that let us go back to the drawing board. We need to embrace technology but technology must be put in the context of the condition of the country and I doubt whether Zimbabwe is there.

“Technology must also be introduced in a situation where we are not breaching the country’s supreme laws, in particular the Constitution of Zimbabwe.”

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