300 trainee teachers to be recruited
GWERU – The Seventh Day Adventist Church is constructing a $17 million teacher training college just outside Gweru in one of the biggest investments in the sector in recent years.
Construction started in February and recruitment of 300 primary school student teachers is expected to start before the end of this year.
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Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo said that the college was approved by Government when asked for a comment by the The Mirror.
The Adventist College of Education which is 18km from Gweru along Bulawayo Road is being built in two phases with the first phase taking up primary school teachers, said Pastor Felix Njini who is the SDA Zimbabwe Union Conference Education secretary.
The construction of the College which sits on a 22-hectare piece of land at Arcadia Farm is being funded by the Church using both local and external resources from friendly organisations outside the country.
Pastor Njini said that the College will produce teacher evangelists who uphold Christian values and ethical standards.
"Construction of the $17m Adventist College of Education started in February for the first phase of the college which is set to enrol anytime this year. We are doing this to augment Government efforts by producing teacher evangelist who uphold Christian values wherever they are.
"We also felt that since we run 146 schools in the country there is also need to produce teachers who can easily fit into our education system although deployment of the teachers remains the prerogative of the Ministry," said Pastor Njini.
Some of the buildings under construction include hostels, lecture rooms, kitchen, dining hall and chapel.
"We are looking at enrolling more than 300 students upon completion of construction in 2018 and the second phase includes the construction of recreational facilities, more hostels and a students centre. We are going to start with primary school teachers and then move on to train secondary school teachers later on," added Pastor Njini.
SDA was the first to establish a Church run university in Zimbabwe when they were given a Charter by the President in 1994 to convert Solusi into a University. Solusi was established in 1894 as college affiliated to Andrews University in the USA.
Pastor Njini said the Church used to run Lower Gweru as a teachers' college but was closed in the 1970s and converted into a High school.
The country has 11 primary teacher training colleges namely Masvingo, Bondolfi, Morgenster which are all in Masvingo, Mkoba in Gweru, Madziwa in Mash Central, Nyadire in Mash West, Morgan Zintec in Harare, United College of Education in Bulawayo, Seke and J Nkomo in Gwanda and three secondary teachers' training colleges which are Mutare, Belvedere in Harare and Hillside in Bulawayo.top story news