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Govt Rejects Call For State Universities To Appoint Own Chancellors

Govt Rejects Call For State Universities To Appoint Own Chancellors

The Government has rejected a proposal by Hwange Central MP Daniel Molokela (MDC Alliance) to strip President Emmerson Mnangagwa of his ceremonial title of Chancellor of State universities.

Molokela made the suggestion during the second reading of the State Universities Statutes Bill by the Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Molokela, who sits on parliament’s education committee, proposed that every institution should be allowed to pick the chancellor as happens in other countries and not “burden” the President. He said:

I’m proposing that there be a clause that gives flexibility in the appointment of chancellors to say that the chancellor of the university can be the president of the republic or someone else who the University Council may deem fit.

This is in line with other institutions for higher learning across the world, even public institutions of higher learning.

For example in South Africa, the president is not the chancellor of each and every state university.

The university councils are given the flexibility to appoint another eminent person in society to be a chancellor.

I’m recommending that we include a clause in this Bill that says the university council should have an option of appointing another chancellor, apart from the president of Zimbabwe because we now have a lot of universities and there is no need to burden the president to officiate.

You have seen graduation ceremonies being postponed because the president is unavailable, and the president is busy.

Yes, that is normal because the universities are now many. So, let’s include a new clause that says that the chancellor can be the president of the republic or any other eminent Zimbabwean citizen who the council may choose.

Murwira, however, argued that the chancellor is a ceremonial post with the most prominent person in that nation and therefore, no changes will be made to that. He said:

When it comes to the chancellor, it’s not a new introduction that we’re making here. The chancellor is already known and is the president of the Republic. We’re not making any amendment about the chancellor at all.

In my tenure, with the privilege of being in this tenure, we have never delayed any graduation. It is on time.

The chancellor is a ceremonial post with the most prominent person in that nation.

We take our first citizen proudly as our most prominent person.

It’s in the statutes and we don’t have any problems with that.

More: ZimLive


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𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 1 month ago

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗴𝘃𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀....𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱, 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗿. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘇𝗼𝗻𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I support the stance taken by government that the head of state and government remains the CHANCELLOR of all state universities rather than that every University chooses its own CHANCELLOR. If single universities are allowed to pick their own Chancellors corruption will be embedded in our universities. The CHANCELLOR picked by the university will need to be paid by the university. That shall be a cost to Government because Government funds all state universities.


Ccc 1 month ago

Univer,miltary to much powers sizaphuma nini gipita sithwele nzima kungabantu lokhu


千凵几Ꮆ Ҡ凵 1 month ago

Kuyaphela lokhu ! Tick Tock 🕚


Boss Kumbie 1 month ago

It's a political post. The post was setup by Mugabe to control University politics and avoid the rise of activists in University.

University of Zimbabwe was in the front line of opposing Migabe's regime


Mqo 1 month ago

Chancellor of looting
#amalootano


graduate 1 month ago

Ed i**** mifunge



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