CHINYAMUNZORE, N., 1995. Devolution and evolution of technical/vocational education curriculum in Zimbabwe. IDATER 1995 Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
The paper discusses issues related to the requirements and provision of technical/vocational curricular as it relates to political and socio-economic demands of the day. Early technical/vocational education in Zimbabwe developed with a strong religio-political curriculum. After independence in 1980 new political socio-economic issues became determinants of curricular development.
The specific provision of technical/vocational education as it adapts to the world of employment has be analysed. The role technical/vocational education assumes in the economy has been established . Employment opportunities of the youths as they leave school and other options of employment have been outlined with Zimbabwe as the case.
The curricular evolution and devolution over the years has been outlined analysed. The style of education in the last two years of secondary technical/vocational was described. This paper notes that future technical/vocational curriculum should include, besides design and technology, trade and technical skills, an entrepreneurship training to prepare youths for employment and creation of smaller businesses in the easier informal sector of the economy. This should be done without loosing site of the employment opportunities that still lie with the formal industrial sector.