By Kenson McCloud
Employers and the tertiary education sector have been tipped to craft long term ideas that ensure the country delivers education that addresses challenges confronting society.
Education analyst Steve Sharra was reacting to Wednesday’s speech by President Lazarus Chakwera in which he challenged universities to provide education that is responsive to needs of society.
According to Chakwera, graduates must reflect on the standard of education acquired.
In an interview with Timveni, Sharra said, "Although the curriculum needs improvement, much effort should also be focused on the delivery part."
Sharra is of the view that students have to get exposed right from first year to know the demands and challenges of respective fields of specialization in order to come up with better solutions.
"The companies motives differ from those in education sector becucause companies want to make as much profit as possible. They want to have a monopoly and these are practices that are antithetical to education becaue the main purpose of education is to devolop society in a holistic way." explained Sharra.
However, Sharra asked for patience from the education sector when interacting with employers on the matter.