“Colleges and Universities to Continue Blended Learning.”
Higher Education Minister Engineer Dr. Brian Mushimba said it was exciting to receive support from the media reporting on education especially amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Dr. Mushimba said the media awards theme was timelessness as it attached great Importance to the fight against the pandemic and additionally reporting factual information on special education (blended learning) devised amidst covid – 19 that the media has broadly disseminated to the public and as witnessed today (media) placing a spot light of great support to the education sector.
Honorable Mushimba however urged the awarded reporters and media at large to remain committed in their profession by reporting ethically as it was a clear testimony that the power of ink measurable results should be that to build the nation.
Honourable Mushimba was speaking today (17th Dec. 2020) when he officiated at the 2020 ZANEC Media Awards.
Dr. Mushimba observed that ICT was potential to increase numbers of trainees through online and virtual programs so that even those in far flung areas could access education.
Dr. Mushimba, therefore, said colleges and universities under his Ministry will continue with the blended learning (alongside the physical) in order to continue safe guarding lives of the students and lectures.
Minister Mushimba reminded awarded reporters that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has cautioned and put an emphasis on the reinforcements of safety measures on the second wave of the COVID – 19, guiding all citizens to seek out for vigilance and ensure the dangerous wave does not harm anyone therefore is of great importance to report and disseminate information and alert the people.
Dr. Mushimba said the many various written stories of the education sector and inclusive the pandemic virus of the covid- 19 results from the important role played by the media through digestion and dissemination of information to the mass populace.
Honourable Mushimba however cautioned the media to employ the professional with ethics and safe guard the industry jealously as the Government has evidently supported freedom of the press.
Minister Mushimba said the awards are being given based on the broad three categories of Tertiary,
Adult Literacy, and Gender Equity.
Dr. Mushimba commended ZANEC and partners for this initiative of importantly engaging the media to report on education at all levels.
Giving his speech, ZANEC Chairperson Henry Kabwe said his organisation placed a premium on education reporting.
Mr. Kabwe thanked the Government (MoHE) for a critical role initiated to popularize education amidst the pandemic COVID – 19, Mr. Kabwe further applauded all media players as they all stood as winners.
The ZANEC Chair said the Tertiary Education, Youth Adult literacy and Gender Equality and Equity in education remained poised to enhance support in these areas of education inclusive prioritizing education of women and children.
Mr. Kabwe however bemoaned below minimum standards of some submitted entries as they lacked proof of published work, he therefore called on future participants to submit electronic works having proof of publication and online submissions with proof of links, he further encouraged Radio and Television entrants to evidently show that the entry featured in the news on standardized required formats of mp3, mp4 and video.
In conclusion, Mr. Kabwe urged the media fraternity to continue reporting on education and do more.
Chanda Muwowo – PR Office MoHE