By Nyasha N Mukapiko
The university of Zimbabwe (UZ) is immediately going to cease the recruitment of staff without PhDs come 2017 going forward with those currently with the high institution have been given 2017 as a deadline to have acquired a PhD.
UZ vice-chancellor professor Levy Nyagura told the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology committee today while he successfully defended his stance on the recent introduction of the February intake that will see the higher learning institution having double intakes of first year students’ per-year.
“We need to make sure that students who come at UZ get the best education, we have given all our lectures that don’t have a PhD qualification 2017 as the deadline to have acquired PhDs. We are no longer going to recruit candidates without PhDs except for lawyers and engineers”, Prof Nyagura added.
Prof Nyagura reiterated that there was no need to fear that quality at the higher learning institution will be compromised ensuring that UZ will never enroll more than 15 000 students in comparison to other universities in the country recruiting nearly 22 000 but without the necessary infrastructure.
“In 2015 we started the construction of ten lecture rooms which will be in completion by end of March this year having a sitting capacity of more than 1 000 students, with two more blocks having been completed last year”, Prof Nyagura indicated.
Nyagura dismissed the allegations that the double recruitment was meant to compete with other local institution saying UZ was a research oriented institution with a vision to become one of the top ten universities on the continent.
Chairman of the higher and tertiary education committee Dr Peter Mataruse, who is also the legislator for Chinhoyi queried whether the institution was also prioritizing the increase of ablution facilities however, the professor said there was enough adding that the worry should be on water supplies but insisted that there was already enough supply from the boreholes that have been drilled thereby independently standing on its own without aid of council supplies.
The UZ vice-chancellor also said there will be no problems in accommodation citing that they were going to make use of bunk beds to accommodate more students per room saying that some institution private and public were having eight students sharing a single room though promising not to reach those numbers.
In late January this year the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) expressed displeasure at the UZ decision to introduce two intakes per year, saying this will only pile pressure on scarce facilities at the State University.
Meanwhile Prof Nyagura has revealed that lecturers as still yet to receive their August outstanding arrears of last year.