Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame has urged the private sector to partner with government and support the growth of the science and technology and innovation.
Ms. Siame said her ministry has undertaken a sponsorship programme for post graduate students who are interested to pursue science, technologies and innovation.
She stated that so far, her ministry has supported over 160 students but has not been able to take more due to limited funding.
Ms. Siame said supporting the students in science related programmes will contribute to developing the country in various ways, including research.
She explained that will increase the relevance of the research the students are undertaking and providing solutions to issues affecting the nation.
She said this during the Ministry of Higher Education verification exercise on public universities at University of Zambia (UNZA) yesterday.
Ms. Siame said the higher education ministry also has a role to play in restructuring and accommodating more of such students in order to develop the specialty.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the area of science, technology and innovation has for many years not been receiving much attention hence the ministry’s intervention to providing funding to students interested to pursue post graduate courses under the programme.
“If we are to achieve our vision by 2030, we can only do that if we have adequate support of the application of science, technologies, and innovations in the country,” she added.
She added that without having specialization in science and technologies, it is very difficult for a country such as Zambia to have an increase in research.