The MDC Youth Assembly has raised concern over the perennial low pass rate in the ZIMSEC ordinary and advanced level results in Matabeleland province and heaped blame on the government.
Addressing journalists in Harare on Tuesday, MDC A youth assembly chairman Happymore Chidziva said government is not prioritizing education and he went on to accuse the Ministry of Education of not providing adequate resources to Matabeleland region.
“We note with grave concern low pass rate last year especially in Matabeleland regions. The government is not taking the education system seriously and is practicing genocidal and apartheid against Matebeleland region,” he said.
He blamed the government for unequal distribution of resources which causes the disequilibrium in the pass rate.
Chidziva urged government to effectively implement the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme.
“The STEM Program should not be sacrificed out of the expediency simply because the was a misunderstanding with one Jonathan Moyo.
“,STEM Program is an empowerment model that needs to be kept alive as it plays a critical role in the development of skills and talent of young people”he said.
However, contrary to Chidziva ‘s claims that STEM was ‘sacrificed’ , in July 2018 Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira relaunched STEM.
His model is different from Jonathan Moyo’s as he started by capacitating teachers in the field of Science and Mathematics.
He reasoned that it was prudent to first train teachers before giving scholarships to students taking up Science subjects at Advanced Level.
Meanwhile, Chidziva castigated corruption by top government officials arguing that it cripples the economy.
He also went on to endorse Nelson Chamisa as party president ahead of the elective congress scheduled for May 24-May 26.
This was in complete defiance o fChamisa’s call to the youth league banning them from ‘endorsing’ election candidates.