By Providence Maraneli
THE Government has hailed the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic for its practical implementation of the Education 5.0 model, after its students helped in the completion of the Home Economics complex that had stalled since 2003.
For an institution whose Division of Technical Education has over the years churned out more than 3000 graduates, who after graduation would need further training to fit into the demanding industries due to the inadequacies brought about by the 3.0 education model, the adoption of the 5.0 education model has turned around the fortunes of the institution.
The students, who are into construction and carpentry, have under the supervision of the Department of Public Works, completed the Home Economics complex which had stalled for more than 15 years.
“We were having problems with using contractors because sometimes we would run out of funds and it was difficult to complete projects,” said Professor Amon Murwira, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development.
“But we then said, we have students in construction and other practical subjects and we have adopted 5.0 education model, why can we not make use of that? So, we have students here who were being supervised by Public wlWorks and here we are, the complex that had stalled in 2003 is complete.”
The local leadership is convinced that the multi-purpose complex will be the answer to the learning space challenges being faced by Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic.
“This is commendable and these structures will help this institution which for long had students learning under the shade,” said Honourable Abedenico Ncube, the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
The multi-purpose home economics complex will house tourism and culinary students, as well as those into textiles and clothing design and other practical studies.