Welcome to the Commercials subject area. The information on this website will summarise the nature and scope of our contributions in the field of teacher education in Commercial subjects both nationally and globally.
About the subject area
The Commercials subject area is a double major designed for the Post “A” level student teachers pursuing a 2-year pre-service diploma in education following the 2-2-2 model. The subject area seeks to produce knowledgeable and effective teachers in the disciplines of Commercials in an environmentally sensitive way. The area offers five (5) course components which are:
• Business studies
• Teaching methods in Commercial subjects.
The subject area also supervises students in carrying out and writing their research projects during their Teaching practice.
• Five(5) O levels including a pass in Mathematics and English Language with a grade C or better
• Two(2) A Level passes in the Commercial subject area one of which must be Accounting
Students undergo teaching practice for two terms teaching any TWO of the commercial subjects offered in the secondary school teaching up to “O” level classes.
Other Services offered by the subject area
The students and staff periodically carry out stock taking exercises in one of the biggest local supermarkets found in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province close to the college. This exercise came on board as a result of the supermarket’s management who wanted to expose students to a practical experience of one of the components of running a commercial entity. This has assisted in putting theory into practice which has enriched the subject area greatly.
Since last year the subject area has been carrying out stock taking on a regular basis in the college canteen. This has assisted a lot in improving stock management and control within the canteen with a view to minimizing losses and attain profits.
The subject area has assisted the students to write up proposals for various income generation projects which is key for their benefit as future entrepreneurs. Some of the popular project proposals which have been written by the students include the following:
• Cattle fattening.
• Soap making.
• Potato production.
• Private school. ETC.
The subject area has used their accounting expertise to supervise or audit the final books of the college canteen which forms an important component of the college income generation projects. This has helped to improve business practice with regards to monitoring projects at college.
The subject area has also been able to carry out book keeping services of individual small scale businesses.
The subject area also embarks in educational tours to areas of commercial interest to get first-hand information from the experts and also put theory into practice. The most recent trip was when the department visited the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in Harare, the Harare International Airport and the Westgate Shopping Complex. This was a very successful tour which benefited the students and the lecturers a lot. Some of the photos for the tour are displayed below