The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Govt Upgrades School

Government has upgraded Nyatsanga Primary School in Mhondoro to a secondary school with immediate effect.

The school will enroll Form One pupils from tomorrow. The decision was taken toameliorate suffering by pupils who have been walking long distances to the nearest secondary schools.

Two of the secondary schools, Neuso and Nyatsambo, are located more than five kilometres away from the area, forcing other pupils to drop out of school.

Government is set to build a secondary school near Nyatsanga Primary School soon.

Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu and Deputy Minister for Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Lazarus Dokora yesterday toured the area where the new school is expected to be built.

Addressing villagers Deputy Minister Dokora said Form One pupils should be enrolled at the primary school so they do not have to walk long distances.

"Some of the children who had gone to other secondary schools should start learning at this primary school while the secondary school is under construction," he said.

The primary school is likely to enroll between 80 and 90 Form One pupils. He said education was important and every child had a right to receive it.

"We have over 8 500 primary and 1 300 secondary schools countrywide.

"The country is rated the best in education in Africa with 92 percent literacy rate and we will continue improving the education sector," he said.

He said once the new secondary school was built in Mubaira, it was his hope that the school officials were going to use some of the land by starting income generating projects.

Minister Shamu and Deputy Minister Dokora also visited Marshall Hartley Primary School in Musengezi where a block of classrooms and two hostels where built by Zimplats.

Deputy Minister Dokora expressed concern over the pass rate at Marshall Hartley Primary School and urged the officials to look into the issue.

The school always has between 12 percent and 13 percent pass rates.

Minister Shamu, who is also the legislator for Chegutu East, said Zanu-PF would continue to improve the conditions and lives of the people.

"There is no other political party that can talk of development in the country other than Zanu-PF. It has brought so many changes in the lives of the people besides liberating this country," he said.

He said other political parties, particularly MDC-T, peddled lies and made fake promises to the people.

Minister Shamu said most of the people now enjoyed peace, which was brought about by the attainment of Independence in 1980.

"If there is peace and unity, there will be development. If there is no freedom, there will be no development such as here (Marshall Primary School) and in the country," he said.

Minister Shamu said it should be noted that funds provided by Zimplats to build classroom blocks and hostels at Marshall Hartley Primary School did not come from the Community Share Trust Funds.

"This was a request we made before the coming in of the Community Trust Funds," he said.

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