Four new State universities to open

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By Martha Leboho Government has approved the opening of four new State universities countrywide in a move expected to consolidate Zimbabwe’s position as one of the countries with the highest number of institutions of higher learning in the region and beyond. Prof Murwira Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said some of the universities have already started enrolling students. Professor Murwira was speaking at the Reformed Church University graduation ceremony last Friday where he capped 151 graduates. The four universities were Marondera University of…

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Zimdef forensic audit underway

A forensic audit of Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund ( Zimdef ) is underway, Higher Education, Science and Technology Development minister Amon Murwira has told Parliament. At least six top managers have been sent on forced leave to allow the probe being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which charged government $180 000 for the audit job. Zimdef earns its money from collecting a one percent training levy from companies operating in Zimbabwe, with the cash bankrolling the development of critical skills for the economy. The probe comes amid allegations that Murwira’s predecessor, Jonathan…

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‘Nyagura was never suspended’ – Amon Murwira

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Higher and Tertiary Education minister Amon Murwira says University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice chancellor Levi Nyagura was never suspended, declaring that only President Emmerson Mnangagwa has the power to suspend a vice chancellor. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira He said he is yet to receive communication from Mnangagwa as the chancellor of all State universities, suspending Nyagura. This was after Senator Siphiwe Ncube had inquired why Nyagura was still reporting for duty despite being sent on paid leave pending the outcome of his…

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Jonathan Moyo’s Maths Requirement Removed

President Mnangagwa’s administration has removed former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Jonathan Moyo’s O Level maths requirement for tertiary institutions. Students will now be able to enrol without Ordinary Level Mathematics and English Language for certain courses, where they are deemed not necessary. The new Minister Amon Murwira, said colleges and universities are now free to use their own discretion. Murwira told the state media, “it remains the institution’s responsibility to revise entry requirements. As a ministry, we leave such decisions to the colleges. Our role is to give…

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Nust vice chancellor appointed

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By Nqobile Tshili President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Professor Mqhele Dlodlo as National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice Chancellor with immediate effect. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Prof Amon Murwira confirmed the appointment yesterday. Professor Mqhele Dlodlo “We received confirmation from His Excellency. The appointment is with immediate effect. When he starts work that’s an issue of Chairman of Council Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi,” said Prof Murwira. The university has been operating without a substantive Vice Chancellor since the expiry of the late Prof Lindela Ndlovu’s…

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Grace Mugabe PhD: Govt urges dialogue

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GOVERNMENT yesterday spoke for the first about Mrs Grace Mugabe PhD with Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira urging dialogue between the University of Zimbabwe and its lecturers who are contesting the awarding of the doctorate to the former First Lady. Prof Murwira said the university and the lecturers must follow laid down procedures in resolving the issue. “If people are genuine in solving this issue, they should follow the correct procedures which are clearly spelt out in the general academic regulations,” he said.…

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Grace Mugabe PhD scandal rages on

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By Paidamoyo Chipunza Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira has called for dialogue between the University of Zimbabwe and its lecturers who are contesting the awarding of the doctorate to Mrs Grace Mugabe. Prof Murwira said the university and the lecturers must follow laid down procedures in resolving the issue. Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and her PhD supervisor Professor Claude Mararike “If people are genuine in solving this issue, they should follow the correct procedures which are clearly spelt out in the general…

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Prof Murwira :Warring VC, lecturers urged to dialogue

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Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira has called for dialogue between the University of Zimbabwe and its lecturers who are contesting the awarding of the doctorate to Mrs Grace Mugabe. Prof Murwira said the university and the lecturers must follow laid down procedures in resolving the issue.   “If people are genuine in solving this issue, they should follow the correct procedures which are clearly spelt out in the general academic regulations. We want discussions to go on and we want people to freely express their…

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Minister Amon Murwira sues Hwange Colliery for $157 000 Zimdef remittances

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The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira has dragged Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) to court for failing to remit more than $157 000 in Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) levies from its wage bill. In terms of section 3 of the Manpower Planning and Development Act, the Minister is empowered to impose a levy on every employer under Statutory Instrument (SI) 74 OF 1999. The levy is payable to Zimdef. Prof Murwira, who is the plaintiff in the matter, has filed summons…

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