The department started off as a unit in 1999 under the department of health sciences. This unit developed a 4-year degree programme, the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sport (B.Sc.PES) – delivered through distance education. The intake one came on board in 2001 and it was not until 2005 that intake two was born. Intakes three and four enrolled in August 2006 and 2007 respectively, while subsequent intakes were admitted into the programme per each semester. In 2010, the unit became a fully-fledged department and rebranded the B.Sc.PES into a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physical Education and Sport. It also introduced a 1-year Special Honours in Physical Education and Sport. In 2019, the 4-programme was adapted to a 3-year programme to cater for applicants who possess a relevant diploma.
The degree programmes are market-driven and provide both national and international students with career pathway flexibility and relevance in broad areas of Physical Education and Sport, The programmes focus on addressing challenges and solving problems in school, tertiary, industry and community settings.
The areas of specialisation include but not limited to pedagogy, sport coaching, sport science, sport management and administration, sport marketing and sponsorship, fitness and wellness, performance analysis, sport officiating.
The department pioneered an accelerated dissemination and growth of Physical Education and Sport countrywide with a modest footprint in the region. It made a significant impact on training over 400 specialist graduates. A significant number of public and private departments of sport are manned by our graduates. The increased diffusion of Physical Education and Sport in the education sector led to the adaptation of our programme by other tertiary institutions. Furthermore, the department influenced the introduction of Physical Education, Sport and Mass Displays as an examinable subject in the primary and secondary school curriculum of Zimbabwe in 2016.
Dr Thembelihle Gondo
Certificate in Education, The Teacher’ College (Hillside) 1984 Bachelor of education Degree in Physical Education, University of Zimbabwe, 1997 Master of Education in Educational Management, Zimbabwe Open University, 2008 PHD in Sports Science: University of The Western Cape, 2022 Senior Lecturer, Physical Education and Sport, RPC Masvingo Regional Campus, Acting Deputy Regional Director Masvingo Regional Campus.