Prof Moyo sources fees for pupils from 11 schools

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent

TSHOLOT­SHO North MP Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo has sourced more than $10 000 to pay ex­am­i­na­tion fees for Form Four pupils from 11 schools in the con­stituency.

The pupils were in dan­ger of fail­ing to write the tests as their par­ents had failed to pay their Novem­ber Or­di­nary Level ex­am­i­na­tion fees.

Prof Moyo who is also the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment met some of the pupils on Thurs­day at Tsholot­sho High School where they are camped to be taught Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence sub­jects in prepa­ra­tion for the Novem­ber ex­am­i­na­tions.

The camp is meant to as­sist them so that they can do bet­ter in the sub­jects to qual­ify for the gov­ern­ment’s Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics pro­gramme.

Par­ents of the af­fected pupils had al­legedly failed to raise $15 per sub­ject needed to reg­is­ter with the Zim­babwe Schools Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (Zim­sec).

On Thurs­day, Prof Moyo also do­nated sci­en­tific cal­cu­la­tors, green book re­vi­sion text books, Math­e­mat­ics sets for over 400 Form Four pupils sit­ting for Novem­ber ex­am­i­na­tions.

He said school au­thor­i­ties from all the schools in the con­stituency told his team that pupils were not reg­is­tered for na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions due to their par­ents’ fail­ure to pay the ex­am­i­na­tion reg­is­tra­tion fees.

“They were not tak­ing th­ese sub­jects be­cause they could not af­ford the $15 re­quired to reg­is­ter for each sub­ject. So since they’re not go­ing to take the sub­ject we’re only con­cen­trat­ing on those who had reg­is­tered for the ex­am­i­na­tions. This was shock­ing,” he said.

Prof Moyo said fail­ure to pay ex­am­i­na­tion fees would have marked the end of the pupils’ ed­u­ca­tion journey.

“We’ve a gen­er­a­tion of young schol­ars that has not com­pleted ‘O’ Level and they be­come a lost gen­er­a­tion. Heaven knows where they end up - some as we know cross the bor­ders to Botswana and South Africa. That means they go for me­nial labour. Oth­ers just dis­ap­pear into the com­mu­nity here and that was a sad story,” he said.

“We then de­cided that we should ap­peal to the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion so that he in­ter­venes. We raised some re­sources to pay for them. What we thought was a Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics prob­lem be­came a core sub­ject prob­lem. We wanted them to reg­is­ter for the ex­am­i­na­tions that are due in Novem­ber.” — @nqot­shili

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