Students that are registering for Advanced Level science subjects at public schools are going to get a free education after an announcement was made that the government will cover their full school and boarding fees.
This is meant to promote the learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines which the government has recognised as key drivers for economic growth.
According to the Herald, the statement made by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, also pointed out that schools which register full lower Sixth Form STEM classes in 2016 stand a chance to win a cash prize of $100,000 and a bus.
Other incentives thrown into the promotion of STEM include the chance for ten 2016 Lower Sixth STEM students to win a trip to the United States where they will tour Microsoft and a group of companies in Silicon Valley. 100 laptops and 100 iPads are also being given away to lucky Lower Sixth Form STEM students.
This is the strongest push towards STEM education at a high school level that has been enacted by the government. It has been driven by the need for science and technology skills in various facets of the economy, something that government has even highlighted in its Zim Asset Economic Plan.
There is a significant skills shortage in STEM-related fields, not just in Zimbabwe, but on a global scale. Locally, areas of economic importance like mining, agriculture and telecommunications are constantly expanding in scope, creating the need for a continued replenishment of talent. These areas will benefit from the move as it will likely encourage students to consider the STEM path.
Applications for apprenticeship training with Delta Beverages are invited for the following trades;
FITTING & TURNING,
REFRIGERATION & AIR CONDITIONING,
MOTOR MECHANIC (Including diesel)
AUTO ELECTRICAL, PANEL BEATING,
INSTRUMENTATION & CONTROL,
• Ideal candidates should have the minimum; 5 O-levels including mathematics, English and Science
• for millwright applicants must have a national certificate in electrical or mechanical or automotive, applicants for instrumentation and control must have 2 A Levels grade B in mathematics and science at O level
• a clearance letter the Ministry of Higher Education Apprenticeship training authority
• certified copies of ID, Educational certificates
• applicants for automotive trades must have provisional or full drivers licence
• Applicants must be aged between 16 and 25 by 1st of May 2016, applications letters must have contact numbers, cell phones and email addresses.
Address application to
Apprenticeship Intake 2016,
Delta Technical Institute,
PO Box st699,
21 Manchester road,
Corner Highfield road,
Deadline 11 March 2016