The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Prioritise Education With Production

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editorial

However, in as much as parents need protection from Government, there has to be an amicable relationship between the State and private schools with the common interest of ensuring standards do not deteriorate.

Parents expect their children to eat good meals, sleep on good beds, have good toilets and bathrooms, and have books and happy teachers.

This can only be achieved if there is money.

Besides, learning materials such as textbooks, computers and sporting facilities are expensive. These things are paid for by the parents.

And the parents agree to pay for these things at their SDA meetings. As such, Government really should not be in the business of fixing levies for private schools.

Private schools raise their own money.

What should urgently seize Government is raising money for public schools.

We know the economy is not in its best health and money is hard to come by at Treasury.

This means innovation is required.

Public school districts can establish micro-business units where students doing subjects such as Accounts, Economics and Costing Management among others will draw experience from running such projects.

What stops schools from sewing uniforms, and selling rulers, pens, exercise books to get money for toiletries and other consumables?

Why can't schools run viable farming projects to both feed students and sell on the open market.

This is the element of education with production Government should prioritise. We are sure there are enough experts in Government who can structure such programmes for schools.

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