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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday inaugurated the offices of the Provincial Directorate of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and of the provincial Distance Learning Centre, in Xai-Xai, capital of the southern province of Gaza.
“The inauguration of these education facilities is occurring at a time when the country is facing financial difficulties”. Nyusi said. “But our commitment is to improve the quality of the working conditions of public functionaries so that they can better respond to the real problems of the population”.
Nyusi also attended a ceremony at UniSave in Xai-Xai, at which 246 students graduated. Addressing the graduates, he defended an inclusive and effective education system, which guarantees the acquisition of skills which meet the needs of human development.
He warned those graduates going into teaching that they would be facing adversities such as the high pupil-teacher ratio, the lack of laboratories, and the shortage of school desks. He said the government is working to solve these problems and “thanks to these efforts, in a context of scarcity of resources, we have achieved some noteworthy successes”.
UniSave used to be part of the Pedagogic University (UP), which was once the largest university in the country. But early this year the government split it into five separate universities, a move that has proved controversial.
Nyusi defended this as a measure of decentralisation. “Many people don’t want to understand that decision making power should be taken to the grass rootes”, he said. “The creation of these universities is essentially an exercise to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and relevance of the institutions, making their management more functional to meet the needs of the country’s development”.
Earlier in the day, Nyusi inaugurated the Xai-Xai branch of the Bank of Mozambique. He regarded the presence of branches of the central bank in the provincial capitals as part of the modernisation of the economy, and as part of the government’s commitment to improve citizens’ access to financial services.
Commercial banks in Gaza, he added, would now be able to withdraw and deposit banknotes and coins in Xai-Xai, instead of making potentially risky journeys to the central bank’s headquarters in Maputo.
Nyusi declared that, only with a stable, comprehensive and solid financial system, “can we promote greater competitiveness, provide more incentives to the economy, and drive inclusive and sustainable economic development”.
The new four storey building covers 11,000 square metres. Of the country’s ten provinces, Manica is the only one which does not yet have a branch of the central bank.Source: AIM