The aim of this research was to determine the causes, impact and
ways of closing the funding gaps in polytechnics in Zimbabwe.The
study focuses on how polytechnics can close their funding gaps.
Almost all polytechnics have been found to be facing challenges
especially in their engineering divisions. While technology has
continued to improve globally, equipment in polytechnics in
Zimbabwe has remained static. Government and institutional heads
have cited lack of financial resources as the major cause of this
situation. Some polytechnics have, with the aid of government,
introduced the concept of production units in their various
departments in an effort to raise funds required for operational
expenditure including consumables and lately, expenditure on staff
retention or staff incentive. To improve the situation government
should be the first to carry the burden of securing funding on
behalf of polytechnics, and polytechnics should set up projects in
farming, guesthouse operation, clothing manufacture and make use of
available staff to conduct workshops in various trades of the
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