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Trio arrested for soliciting Presidential Scholarship Bribes

April 27, 2016 Leave a comment

                            harare_international_ariport.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe has said, “No Presidential Scholarship applicant should pay for consideration and all beneficiaries should report any culprits who solicit for bribes”.

In a statement yesterday, Dr Mushohwe , who is also Presidential Scholarship executive director, said scholarships were awarded to deserving applicants after serious consideration by a committee of senior Government officials.

“The awarding of scholarships is made to deserving applicants after serious consideration by a committee of senior Government officials put together for the purpose. No applicant is required to pay for the consideration in cash or kind whatsoever.”

Dr Mushohwe encouraged the public and all former applicants to report any solicitation for bribes by officials, to Office of the President and Cabinet.

“Government wishes to appeal to the public and or all former applicants to report any solicitation for bribes in cash or kind by any officials or members of the public as consideration for the awarding of scholarship funding or university place.”

 These statements came after the arrest of an official from the Office of the President and Cabinet in Charge of the Presidential Scholarship Scheme on allegations of soliciting for bribes.Tafadzwa Mawufu, a senior executive to the director of the Presidential Scholarship is being accused of soliciting bribes ranging between $500 and $1 500 from prospective students who wanted to study under the Presidential Scholarship scheme.

Mawufu allegedly employed Paidamoyo Mwandiyambira, a receptionist at Masaisai Primary School in Westgate, Harare, and the Headmistress of Martin Luther King Junior School, Martha Chigama.

The two would then scout for potential students and the trio would share the earnings. The three appeared in court last week Friday and were released on $200 bail each.

The Presidential Scholarship programme is run by President Mugabe and administered by his Office and Cabinet to support financially challenged students who would have excelled in their Advanced Level examinations.

The programme is meant to benefit students enrolled for degree studies at various universities in South Africa.

While we were all wondering how people were getting presidential scholarships, it seems that there is a lot of graft in that scholarship system. It does not come as a shock that there was money to made here as students were looking for scholarships to study. What a shame that scholarships end up being awarded to those who are requested to pay bribes and can afford to. If a student can pay $1500 as a bribe, in my opinion, they are not needy and can afford a year of university in Zimbabwe. They are not deserving of the scholarship.

Categories: Scholarships, Zimbabwe

Cardiff University Studentship in Mathematics PhD degree programme

April 27, 2016 Leave a comment
Cardiff-C15---Environment-2Cardiff University is pleased to offer Studentship in Mathematics to undertake PhD degree programme. Studentship is awarded to students of any nationality.

The overarching aim of establishing the Cardiff University was to transform the public higher education to improve quality and efficiency of teaching and learning, creating a world-class higher learning institution.

Cardiff is established as one of Britain’s leading universities. Its ambition is to be among the top 100 universities in the world and top 20 in the UK.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or European equivalent and a Masters in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related discipline. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Course Level: Studentship is awarded to undertake PhD degree programme.

Study Subject: Studentship is awarded in Mathematics: Homogenisation for degenerate nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Scholarship Award: This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year). One studentship is available.

Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this studentship:
-Academic criteria: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a Master Degree or MMath in Mathematics. A strong background in analysis is also required.
-Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this studentship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a Master Degree or MMath in Mathematics. A strong background in analysis is also required.

English language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

PhD Scholarships

Supporting Material: Applicants have to submit the following documents. Required documents are:
-Applicants should submit a CV & Covering Letter
-Academic References
-Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline.

How to Apply: Consideration is automatic on applying for PhD in Mathematics, with a start date of October 2016 via Cardiff University’s Online Application Service. In the research proposal section of application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select “I will be applying for a scholarship / grant” and specify that applicants are applying for advertised funding from School Funding.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 6 May 2016.

Scholarship Link

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