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    Speaker of Parliament addresses students, calls for innovative research





    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO
    - The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Francis Mudenda was in Masvingo last week where he addressed students from various universities and colleges and called upon them to be involved in innovative research that is relevant to the development of the country.
    Mudenda together with senior staffers at Parliament including the Clerk, Kennedy Chokuda are on an outreach programme provided for under Section 141 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which calls for Parliament to facilitate the involvement of the public in law making.
    The argument is that such involvement is improved by increasing social intercourse with intellectuals who criticise the law bill thereby improving it.  The stakeholders meeting was held at the Great Zimbabwe University Hebert Chitepo Law School.
    Mudenda urged the students to engage in practical research that result in the improvement of the livelihood of the people.
    "Research in higher institutions of learning should not be purely academic, research must be practical and applicable in order to improve the livelihood of ordinary Zimbabweans," said Mudenda.
    Mudenda also shunned academic doctors and professors for venturing into circular research which has not benefited the nation in any way and advised them to be worth their salt by publishing information which develops the country by improving livelihood for the masses.
    "Research must be productivity, what does it benefit the economy if one is to be called a professor after studying the life cycle of ants? Doctors and professors must contribute something to the economy and law making processes of the country to improve the situation and also earn their titles," said Mudenda.
    The same argument has repeatedly been made by the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Developments Godfrey Gandawa who said that most of the current research by students is irrelevant to the country and its development.
    The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education who applauded the move by Parliament to directly involve undergraduates in the lawmaking house's programmes. Also present were Professor Rungano Zvobgo (Vice Chancellor at the Great Zimbabwe University), Professor Wiseman Magwa (Vice Chancellor at the Reformed Church University) and various principals from colleges across Masvingo.
    "There is no success in achieving quantitative literacy rates, we must achieve qualitative literacy rates which benefit the nation, a certificate in teaching does not make you a good teacher, it is the humanistic face behind it," he said.
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