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The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education is working on modalities to ensure universities stick to the mandates they were given at their establishment. This follows concerns that some universities were concentrating on humanities and commercial degrees at the expense of science and technology.

ZIMCHE chief executive officer Professor Emmanuel Ngara said in an interview that most universities were not observing their mandates after giving a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology Development on the establishment of the Marondera University of Agricultural Science Bill.

“We are working hard on that (that universities observe their mandates) but the reason the universities gave us was that because of the economic conditions they were doing that (disregarding their mandates) to raise money,” Prof Ngara said.

“We are saying they should go back to their mandates and we have produced a performance indicator to measure the performance of the university so that they go back to their mandates.”

Prof Ngara said while the university had to survive in light of low budgetary support from Treasury, they also had to carry out the purposes they were established for to help in the development of the country.

Government established the National University of Science and Technology, the Chinhoyi University of Technology, the Bindura University of Science Education and the Harare Institute of Technology as institutions of higher learning with a bias towards science and technology development.

But most of these institutions have been accused of concentrating on areas that do not form part of their mandates, resulting in the country failing to produce expertise needed in certain fields.

Turning to the Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences Bill, Prof Ngara said they had also reiterated that the proposed law would ensure that the institution would not deviate from its mandate.

The Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences is operating as a College of the University of Zimbabwe, but is expected to be independent in two years.

Government has prioritised the establishment of State universities in all the country’s 10 provinces and only Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Matabeleland South do not have such fully fledged institutions.

Source : The Herald