CCOSA, cut above the rest in journalism training

By Paidamoyo Maredza

Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA) is the best brand in Journalism training for over 40 years that boast of state of the art radio and television equipment that cannot be matched by any other college or university in the country, The College Rector Mr Tobias Kuwengwa has said.

CCOSA is proud to have churned out best journalists who went on to excel in both print and electronic media over the years. Others have had a good account of themselves in the public relations departments of various institutions in the country.

Addressing a group of first semester journalism students at CCOSA, Mr Kuwengwa reiterated that the college has invested heavily in modern equipment in order to maintain its status as a leading journalism school in the country.

“CCOSA was the first private college to offer journalism and then the other colleges are coming in but are nowhere near CCOSA. So we don’t have a standard in comparison, we are the standard. We can’t be compare with other organisations.

“The other universities are too theoretical and they are nowhere near our graduates. When you are doing very well and you have been doing very well for a long time you would want to compare yourselves with other organisations but the comparison is not there because ours is practically based and is centred on industry,” said Mr Kuwengwa.

The Rector, who is a veteran educationist having once served as the Principal of Mutare Polytechnic, urged the new students to take their studies seriously for them to meet the demands of the course and stand a better chance of making the grade in the dog eat dog journalism field.

He said CCOSA was strict on attendance and course work that any student who fails to adhere to the 85% attendance record will not sit for the end of semester examinations.

“We cannot compromise on quality. Once we have come to the end of the semester you are going to sit for the examination and that mark will count toward the final mark.  Therefore, it is important that you know this from the beginning. And may I also emphasise the need to do course work because if you don’t have course work you cannot write the examination. There is no point in you writing the examination when you have not passed your course work.

“The other important thing is that your attendance must be regular and consistent. It must never go below the 85% of possible (attendance). Special absence for good genuine reason like illness and or attending a funeral may be accepted. We don’t want you to regret later on,” he said.

Mr Kuwengwa said CCOSA has managed to stand the test of time because it was founded on Christian principles that it cherishes in striving for excellence in educating the whole person.

“We are a Christian College. We have a strong base in the Christian thought. Whatever you do bear in mind that we are guided and influenced by Christian values of honest, obedience, commitment and hard work” he said.

Some of the prominent names that passed through CCOSA Journalism corridors include Head of ZBC Radio Services Albert Chekai, ZTN Head of News and Current Affairs Morris Mkwate, H-Metro Deputy Editor Charles Mushinga, The Sunday Mail Deputy Editor Munyaradzi Huni, Zimpapers Group Online Editor Happiness Chikwanha, The Sunday Mail News Editor Darlington Musarurwa, Newsday Features Editor Phillip Chadavaenzi, Star Fm’s Spencer Banda, Yvonne Mangunda, Howard Musonza, and Itai Mutinhiri.

Other prominent personalities that are former CCOSA journalism students include Zimbabwe Diamond Mining Company (ZDMC) Public Relations Executive Sugar Chagonda, Doves Holding Public Relations Executive Kudakwashe Mutandi, National Youth Council Director of Information Tanzikwa Guranungo and Tapiwa Ziyambi the online reporter at Alpha Media.

The current Head of Journalism Department Thomas Chidamba is another former CCOSA journalism Student.

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