The government is prioritising infrastructure investment at tertiary institutions to cushion students who are facing critical shortages of learning and accommodation facilities.
Addressing delegates and graduates at Kwekwe Polytechnic college on its 35th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, the minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Amon Murwira said, “good infrastructure promotes production of a well rounded student with skills acquisitions that empower them to be innovative towards societal development.”
Minister Murwira said they are venturing into public private partnership (PPPs) and built operate transfer (BOT) as models for the development of infrastructure in higher education institutions.
“We are engaging investors to develop state of the art infrastructure for higher and tertiary institutions. Our aim is to cultivate an inspiring environment for nurturing our students,” he said.
He said the government is committed to infrastructure development as it is welcoming investment in the tertiary education sector.
“The government continues discussing with local banks and international financing institutions in order to find an affordable financing mechanism for higher and tertiary education,” he said.
“When we have good programme infrastructure, good promotion infrastructure, good physical infrastructure and good financial infrastructure, then we are moving to the study in Zimbabwe,” he said.
He added that his ministry is aware of the stringent conditions that students and parents are failing to meet and government expects to find an amicable solution through dialogue.
Most tertiary institutions are bedevilled by poor dilapidated infrastructure and campus accommodation which has caused most students to be exploited by unscrupulous house owners who over charge for accommodation.