Students seeking admission into a university in Zimbabwe will be required to have passed mathematics at O’ Level in the future, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, said yesterday reiterating a position he’s been pushing in recent months.
Moyo was speaking of the disappointing performance of Zimbabweans in mathematics and science subjects at O’ Level.
There’re only 2,500 students who passed Mathematics at Ordinary Level last year in the whole country and it would be improper for this ministry not to intervene when standards of education are worsening.
We want to correct mistakes that we made over the past 35 years. Higher and tertiary education must intervene because our primary education has been good, but secondary education has been very bad because of low pass rates.
The current admission system allows a student that has not passed Maths and Science to proceed to university if they are studying arts subjects such as History, English Literature, Archeology, Languages and other such degrees.
Moyo however says the Zimbabwean education sector needs to recognise the importance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in order for the country to gain skills in developing technology.
The minister said he had been surprised by requests from students who do not want to do Maths at O’ Level because they have “nothing to do with it”:
I’m eight weeks old in the ministry and since I assumed this responsibility, I’ve been amazed by the number of requests I’m getting from students when I interact with the public. They’re saying they want to be excused from Mathematics because they’ve done subjects that have nothing to do with the subject.
Enough is enough. We don’t think it should be possible to produce an educated person who has no Mathematics at O-Level.
Do you think the professor is right? Do you think Zimbabwe can produce educated people that don’t understand Maths?