By Stephen Chadenga
Gweru Polytechnic College principal, Washington Chandiwana has said his institution introduced electrical engineering courses at three
secondary schools in the Midlands capital as part of efforts to bridge
the skills gap in the country’s education system.
“On our part as Gweru Polytechnic we have introduced electrical
engineering at Fletcher, Mkoba 1 and Nashville High
Schools,”Chandiwana told Radiovop.
“This is part of our efforts to complement government efforts to
bridge the skills gap in the country. In that regard engineering
courses are introduced at school level.”
Chandiwana added: “Gweru poly has a staff complement of 75 lecturers and we are recruiting more particularly in the much needed engineering department.”
In 2016 government introduced the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) initiative to offer free education to all
Advanced Level students registered for science related subjects such
as maths, computer science, physics, chemistry and biology.
Over the years there have been calls to invest more in science related
courses if the country is to grow into an advanced modern economy with women encouraged to take up such studies.
In an interview with Radio VOP, MDC Midlands women’s quota legislator, Memory Mbondiya said the gesture by the polytechnic to introduce engineering courses at secondary school level was commendable.
She however said there was need to ensure that the girl child was
encouraged to take up such studies.
“Girls and women should take up engineering, science and technology
courses to enable them to contribute to innovative science
“There is need to desist from stereotyping girls as less able to take
up science and mathematics subjects compared to their boy counterparts so that by the time they reach college level they have keen interest in studying engineering and technology related courses.”
She said government should come up with incentives and mentorship
programs for women to take up engineering, science and technology
By Stephen Chadenga