At least 10 outstanding science pupils from various schools around the country’s provinces are set to depart for the United States of America (USA) in a weeks time for the Silicon Valley Tour which is aimed at familiarizing Science and Technology Students with some of the worlds leading technology brands.
The Silicon Valley is home to iconic technology companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Uber.
By TechnoMag Reporter
A statement released by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology indicates that Cosmas Mavhunga of Chipindura High School in Mash Central, Lesley Makotsi of Chinhoyi High in Mash West province, Tinashe Musinganeti Kuwadzana 2 High, Harare province, Nigel Tsikayi ST Francis, Mash East, Admire Tapfumaneyi, Zimuto High in Masvingo, Ngonidzashe Maphosa, Anderson High, Midalnds province, Ndlovu Bongani, Luveve High in Bulawayo, Faith Vundhla, Mtshabezi High, Mat South, Kudakwashe Makusha, Marist Brothers, Dete High Mat North and Godknows Mupakati of Elise Glenchill High in Mutare leaving for the prestigious opportunity.
Government launched the STEM programme early this year with the aim of promoting the uptake of science technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines at at secondary level. The drive is being promoted through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
Experts maintain that the fastest growing and highest earning careers in the future will be in STEM fields.
Sustainable socio-economic transformation can be driven by investing in STEM disciplines.
In an effort to accrue the benefits that are associated with STEM, Government has since gone into overdrive as it seeks to promote this noble idea that will empower Zimbabweans to become globally competitive.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo announced that free education will be offered to all pupils in public schools who will register for science subjects when they enrol for Advanced level this year.
Government will pay for their full school and boarding fees.
As part of the efforts to encourage schools and students to take up STEM, high schools that register full Lower Six STEM classes this year will stand a chance to win a state-of-the-art bus and a cash prize of $100 000.
Lower Six students who register for STEM subjects in 2016 will stand a chance to win a trip of a life time to Microsoft and other Silicon Valley STEM companies in the United States of America.