By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, April 02, 2016 – THE opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned government for its fixation with university education while ignoring other key areas of the economy with potential improve people’s livelihoods.
In a statement, party secretary for finance economic policy Vince Musewe said while Zimbabwean’s love for tertiary education must be applauded, not everyone needs to be railroaded into the academia in order to play a part in improving the country’s economy.
Rather, he said, some Zimbabweans need to be skilled in areas such as the arts and entrepreneurship, sectors which have brought glory to the nation and also proven a source for scarce employment.
“Zimbabwe needs technicians and entrepreneurs, sports people and arts and culture practitioners and it will be important to offer these opportunities at secondary level,” read the statement.
Tendai Biti’s party said government should instead, start creating an enabling environment for these different sectors to flourish.
PDP said the country needed to focus on re-inventing our education system with high impact investment in science and technology and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
These, it said could come about through injecting funds into research and development of new technologies, products and services.
The MDC breakaway party said the country must also provide broad and affordable access to health and wellness especially primary health care while also making efforts to deal with massive poverty to create an enabling environment where all our citizens can live up to their full potential in this life time.
PDP further called on the authorities to fix the country’s dilapidated infrastructure and the overcrowding that current characterises the country’s major cities.
“We need to improve deteriorating infrastructure, increase service delivery capacity, reduce overcrowding, curtail environmental degradation and reverse acute shortages of housing and productive jobs.
“These are critical human capital development issues,” said PDP.
Zimbabwe is renowned for a rich natural resource base but has a largely poor population eking out a living through informal activities.
Those with the educational qualifications are either doing less paying jobs which have nothing to do with their qualifications or are just out of employment.
Some have gone into the Diaspora; the majority of these are also into menial jobs.
Over 16 000 graduates are being churned annually but the country has an average of over 90 per cent unemployment rate.