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Poor school results in Matabeleland rooted in poor education infrastructure
Bulawayo Agenda
March 05, 2010

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Bulawayo - The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, David Coltart has said that the poor school results in Matabeleland are rooted in poor education infrastructure that was last developed in the 1980s. Coltart said inequitable development policies of the early independence years caused a lack of good quality education in the provinces. He said this was reflected by the low proportion of students from Matabeleland being admitted at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Mr. Coltart is currently working on equitable distribution of resources in the education sector.

-The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) fears that the indigenisation and empowerment policy that became effective this week will stifle economic recovery and investment in the country. Bulawayo coordinator of the ZCTU, Mr. Percy Mcijo said that there should be a tripartite forum of workers, company owners and government to discuss the implementation of the act. Mcijo said unless there is sanity in the implementation, workers will be affected by job losses as the factories will close down. He said that this may affect the manufacturing sector and hinder economic growth.

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