Source: ED PhDs slammed – DailyNews Live
Pauline Hurungudo 15 October 2018
HARARE – Teachers’ unions have castigated tertiary institutions’
conferment of honorary degrees to politicians.
This comes after the conferment of three honorary doctorates to President
Mnangagwa’s predecessor, Robert Mugabe, had five honorary degrees from
Obert Masaraure, president of the Association of Rural Teachers Union of
Zimbabwe, said the development was symptomatic of the bootlicking now
pervasive in institutions of higher learning.
“The stampede to confer PHDs is a clear sign of the rot in our
institutions of higher learning. The public officials in our universities
know perfectly well that they are not competent enough to be holding the
positions they are holding. Such characters may even loot public funds
with impunity because they are guaranteed protection by appointing
authority,” said Masaraure.
Takavafira Zhou, president of Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe,
said the conferment of honorary degrees was being used as an instrument to
seek favours aligned to certain political leaders.
“It is also unfortunate that the president of the country is the
chancellor of all universities and appoints all vice chancellors. In this
case conferment of PhDs seems to be some form of seeking favours from the
chancellor or some pay back for promotion of vice chancellors and other
administrators in universities.
“In this way it’s a serious affront to academic excellence and autonomy of
universities as some form of unprofessional fingers and external pressure
seem to be at play in such conferment,” Zhou said.