HARARE – The business community has been called upon to invest in the teaching of mathematics and science subjects in support of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector in higher and tertiary education.

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The promotion of science and mathematics is part of the broader national thrust to capacitate research and engineering sectors of the country to enhance product innovation.

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This follows a realisation that most institutions of higher learning in the country have recorded low enrollment levels in faculties of engineering and science as most students fail to pass maths at Ordinary Level.

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In an interview with the State media the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) schools enrichment programme coordinator Professor Senelani Hove Musekiwa said the project whose aim is to assist disadvantaged students needs financial and material support from parents and the business community.

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The NUST project to assist schools improve pass rate in science and mathematics is currently running in Matabeleland North and South provinces as well as in Bulawayo.

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Recently the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo challenged the country’s tertiary institutions with a science and technology bias to stick to their mandate of promoting science related courses.

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The poor pass rate in science and mathematics has also been blamed on the teacher training model at primary school level which is the foundation stage of learning. – zbc

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