Polytechnics cannot be transformed into universities but can offer undergraduate degrees: Moyo

Officiating at the Bulawayo Polytechnic where 1 553 students graduated after completing diplomas in various disciplines, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo said that polytechnics cannot be transformed into universities even though they can award undergraduate degrees.

Said Moyo:

We’ve never heard of polytechnic universities in this civilised world. Our view is different from that and it’s important for all of us to understand that polytechnics will not be transformed into universities. It’s out of the question. We expect polytechnics to develop and train technologists if they are to transform. The only degree that they can offer is an undergraduate degree. We can’t see polytechnics awarding Masters Degrees or PhDs. We were surprised when polytechnics said they want to become universities when they know that the average lecturer in their institutions doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in the relevant field.

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Bulawayo Polytechnic in one of the largest technical colleges in Zimbabwe. It is located in the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo also known as the “City o of Kings and Queens”. The institution offers various programs on both full time and part time basis. It is administered by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Read More

Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who belongs to the ZANU-PF party and is also a member of the party’s Politburo. He is the current minister of Higher and Tertiary Education and Member of Parliament for Tsholotsholo North Constituency.
In October 2016 Moyo was investigated for corruption by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) in cases involving the abuse of Zimdef funds. Moyo admitted to the corrupt activities in several tweets hhe posted around that time, but said that he was being target on tribal basis. He has not resigned from his ministerial post and has not been suspended despite the admission. Read More

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