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Deep Dive: Are Online Courses Really Cheaper Than A Computer Science Degree?

So, Universities have opened at this point I can bet you people are celebrating the fact they can start living the life they saw in movies (should I tell them the truth?). However, others are probably sitting in the side-lines scoffing at the poor students making a terrible decision in their eyes. Why waste time […]

Finding A Balance Between Two Different Systems, My Thoughts And Reflections From The United States

By Tawanda Nyahasha I moved to the United States at an interesting time just to say the least. I moved here in late August 2016 so the campaign for the US presidential elections was at its highest. I got to see how they campaigned and I even got the chance to hear one of the […]

Africa Now Has An Online Database With Research On Education Within The Continent

The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge has partnered with ESSA (Education Sub Saharan Africa) to develop the online African Education Research Database (AERD). What is this AERD? AERD is a collection of research undertaken in the past decacde by scholars based in sub-Saharan Africa. It includes social […]

Google & Facebook Among Companies Hiring Employees Without Degrees

Google and Facebook are among a list of other companies that no longer put too much weight into college degrees during the recruitment process. The two titans from Silicon Valley are among a bunch of other companies who believe that book smarts are not = to work ethic, creativity and a host of other qualities […]

LearnersTab Aims To Take e-Learning Offline And That’s A Great Idea

Many e-Learning solutions have been proposed but one of the biggest problems that are specific to the African market is that of costs. The cost of data to access information is a problem that has existed for the longest of times and one of the major reasons why, even today, e-learning still has a hard […]

Powertel, Africom and ZARnet To Merge: What Could This Mean?

State enterprises Powertel, Zarnet (Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network) and Africom were announced to be merging by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Most readers will be familiar with Powertel and Africom who both act as Internet Access Providers (IAP) and Internet Service Providers, whilst ZARnet was established to provide internet to the government, academia and research […]

Econet’s Online Education Program Will Cost Just $12 A Month

With Econet opening up their online learning platform, a lot of questions were left unanswered as people did not understand how they would be paying for the courses and what the price would actually be. The Chief Strategist at Shaw Academy, Mr John White reached out and clarified some details concerning the online partnership. We […]

I Always Laugh Out Loud When People Talk About How Rich Our Country Is

I always laugh out loud when people talk about how rich our country is. There is always that talk about the diamonds, about the platinum in the Great Dyke belt, the black granite in Mutoko, the coal in Hwange and the rich and fertile lands . Yes we all agree and have to be grateful […]

An Ordinary Zim Couple Is Teaching Kids To Build Robots And Cities, Your Child MUST Enroll

As we move into the digital age a lot of uncertainty has begun building up. People are having sleepless nights trying to predict if their current jobs will be relevant in the next 5 years. On Techzim we’ve had a number of articles questioning the value of the education system in Zimbabwe and it seems […]

Was Jonathan Moyo’s STEM Program Really A Failure?

In 2016, the Ministy of Higher and Tertiary Education (under Jonathan Moyo at the time) introduced a national initiative that would (at least according to them) drive economic growth. This initiative was meant to boost the study of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) at A Level and would see the government sponsor children who […]

Google And Udacity To Offer Scholarships In Africa

In 2017 over 73 million people in Africa accessed the internet for the first time. This trend will continue growing forward and in a bid to prepare the continent for this boom, Google is partnering with Udacity and Andele to help provide the digital skills that will be necessary to ensure Africans can experience the […]

Cellulant Wants To Take The Hustle Out Of Digital School Fees Payments

Cellulant, a digital payments service, is trying to lessen the burden involved with making fees payments in Zimbabwe. They are introducing a service that enables tracking of fees payments. This means that as a parent/guardian you just pay fees and don’t have to produce any proof of payment as the school can track who made […]

[PRESS RELEASE]:Econet Education Partners With Global Online Educator Shaw Academy

Here’s the press release by Econet: Econet Education has set an ambitious target in 2018 to positively disrupt education within Africa through high-quality, affordable and accessible digital education solutions. The recent all-Africa focused partnership with Dublin-based online learning giant, Shaw Academy, sees Econet Education establishing a mutually beneficial relationship to exclusively market their highly sought […]

Uproar Against Grace Mugabe’s PhD And ZIMSEC Leakage Is Hypocrisy. Tell Me How You Got Your Degree

So this is one of those articles that will invite angry people with daggers in their hands out for my blood. I am OK with that. I would rather see debate here than to see the nodding of heads every time. Conversations are what build strong communities and the strongest conversations are those from divergent […]

Classified From The Age Of Six, I Hope We Will Change How Kids Go Through School In Zimbabwe

I am about to tell you a short story. This story is nothing new though because if you have attended primary school in Zimbabwe you most probably can relate to this story one way or the other. When I was in primary school I was a bright student. Being that I was bright that meant […]

The “New” Curriculum Isn’t Going Anywhere

Remember a little over a week ago, we wrote on how the new minister of Primary and Secondary Education of Zimbabwe, Prof Paul Mavima had announced that the ‘new’ curriculum (aka the Dokora) was under review? Looks as though the review phase is over, a decision has been made. The Herald today reported that Prof Paul Mavima on Monday had […]

Why The Current Primary Education Curriculum Betrays Stone Age Thinking

Dr Paul Mavima I hope you read this. The intention is not to insult but to point out an inconsistency that we need to fix early if we truly believe ourselves to be a progressive society. So much has changed in the Primary Education curriculum since my transition through that phase decades ago. The first […]

Now that he’s gone, what are your expectations in this new Zim? (Tech of course!)

Well, whenever we mentioned the government and tech in the same line, it had somewhat of a complaint attached to it. An example off the top of my head, emap. Yes, I say ‘mentioned’ in past tense because I am a strong believer that this is going to be a thing of the past. However, […]

Video: You say Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate in Africa… You’re wrong!

News reports often claim that because of Zimbabwe’s superior education, it has the highest literacy rate in Africa. Recently a politician in the country, Supa Mandiwanzira, echoed this “fact”. The data, unfortunately, suggests otherwise. There are at least 10 countries that are ahead of Zimbabwe in terms of literacy… but is there even a point […]

STEM focused Robert Mugabe University will cost $1 billion & Zimbabweans are angry

Yesterday, the government announced that it has approved the spending of at least US $1 billion to establish a STEM focused university in honour of President Robert Mugabe. The amount allocated to the university is equivalent to about a quarter of Zimbabwe’s annual budget. The Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development, Jonathan Moyo, announced […]

Private schools, local languages and all the rest…

Sometimes it doesn’t make sense why certain stories find their way on Techzim right? An example of such is this very article. Why would a tech blog talk about vernacular languages in the education system? Here’s the short explanation: First, you are right, Techzim is a tech publication with a hint of business. Education, however, […]

Hey career parent, who is raising your child?

Last month my colleague shared a bit about our trip to Nyanga, to The Troutbeck School particularly. He then launched a series to discuss the Montessori system as an alternative approach to education. There is a lot to explore on the Montessori method in general and The Troutbeck School specifically. However, in this article I […]

Zimbabwe’s fake degree problem: We need an online degree verification process

This guest post was authored by Eng. Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi. Be careful who you refer to as Doctor! After reading what is happening in Tanzania, “Tanzania fires 9,932 civil servants over fake degrees” and here in Zimbabwe, “Jail time for fake degree holders” by our Minister of Higher Education, Jonathan Moyo. What is the situation […]

Is there need for Red Hat Certification training in Zimbabwe?

A local institution is investigating the need to train Systems Administrators/Engineers who use Linux towards Red Hat certifications. The course is targeted at individuals with at least 2 years experience using Linux. Training is for the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) and the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) qualifications. After the training however, the […]

Why I didn’t enjoy university

On the first day of university my fellow freshmen were excited and anxious. I wasn’t. Some were excited because being in university was an achievement. It wasn’t for me. Some were excited because they would be getting a university degree. I didn’t care. Some were excited because they could now breathe in freedom away from home. […]

ACE curriculum introduced at local preschool

There has been much talk about educational curricula recently. Whether or not you agree with Lazarus Dokora on the contents or the implementation of the curriculum change in Zimbabwe’s public school system, there’s one great thing to take out of the whole drama. Zimbabweans have been forced to take a closer look at how and […]

The reluctance to change: will it cost us anything or everything?

I know you might already think I’m all about what’s wrong with the tech scene in Zimbabwe, but I choose to view myself as a watchman; my job is to tell you the Zimbabwean tech flaws and you will choose whether to complain with me, or do something about it… So maybe all you entrepreneurs […]

Top up your current qualification to a degree at ASHE International College

I promised to follow up on the narrative about ASHE International College, here I am keeping a promise… Last time I mainly touched on the Australian Matriculation programme that ASHE offers. In keeping with their belief in flexibility, ASHE runs professional programmes with multiple exit points from Certificate to Degree. Currently, the college is training […]

Well Done To Our 5 Lucky Winners Who Will Be Studying Online…

We recently ran a contest to get more people studying online and being exposed to what it feels like. In this contest we offered 5 people a chance to get started in their online studying by simply filling in a questionnaire. We had some interesting feedback from the questions we asked (hopefully, I’ll do a […]

5 Critical Reasons That Will Make You Go To University…

You probably read William Chui’s article on whether you should get a degree or diploma. If you didn’t, this is what he said in a nutshell, “Don’t. It’s not worth it. Instead, enroll in an online class on Udemy or something.” I don’t agree. Study hard. Get good grades. If you failed, repeat. And get […]