Pre-school staff in court over drowned pupil

Teacher up for ill treat­ing pupil

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Pa­tience Mut­siwi

AN AP­PLE VAL­LEY Pre-school head and a teacher have been ar­raigned for al­legedly caus­ing the drown­ing in a swim­ming pool of one of the pre-schol­ars.

Mr Thabiso Math­ema, the owner, rep­re­sent­ing the Bu­l­awayo school and the late Ju­nior Ibanathi Mpofu’s teacher Ms En­ert Phiri ap­peared be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Joseph Mabeza fac­ing cul­pa­ble homi­cide charges.

The boy al­legedly left the class­room to go to the toi­let and the school care­taker later found his body float­ing in the school’s swim­ming pool.

In their de­fence out­line pre­sented by their lawyer Miss Bu­sisiwe Dube from Ndove, Museta and Part­ners the two claimed they did not act neg­li­gently as al­leged by the State.

“The two did not fail to safe­guard the life of the de­ceased pupil and his death was not fore­seen un­der the cir­cum­stances. They took all nec­es­sary steps and mea­sures to en­sure that all schol­ars are safe in­clud­ing the boy who drowned,” said Miss Dube.

She said her clients would lead ev­i­dence that the swim­ming pool area was at all times kept se­cure.

“The de­ceased was in the care of his teacher with other chil­dren and it was not rea­son­ably fore­see­able that the boy would sneak out and gain ac­cess to the swim­ming pool on his own.”

Mr Mabeza re­manded the two out of cus­tody to Septem­ber 17 for com­mence­ment of trial.

Pros­e­cut­ing Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe al­leges that on March 6 in 2013, the boy was un­der Ms Phiri’s care at the preschool which is in Bu­l­awayo.

“Ac­cord­ing to the school pro­gramme, the chil­dren were set to do swim­ming lessons. How­ever, they had to change the pro­gramme in prepa­ra­tion for sports com­pe­ti­tions sched­uled for the fol­low­ing Fri­day,” said Mr Dzipe. — @ thamamoe A TEACHER of English at Guinea Fowl High School in Gweru has been ar­raigned for al­legedly ill-treat­ing a Form Two pupil.

Thandiwe Ncube (48) who re­sides at Guinea Fowl teach­ers’ cot­tages was not asked to plead when she ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mr Mu­saiona Shotgame. She was re­manded out of cus­tody to Septem­ber 14 for trial. She al­legedly ver­bally abused the pupil and ex­cluded her from lessons. Through her lawyers Dube Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, Ncube re­quested for a post­pone­ment of the mat­ter.

“Your Wor­ship I ap­ply for a post­pone­ment of the case be­cause l re­ceived the psy­chol­o­gist re­port to­day. I need time to go through it,” she said.

Pros­e­cut­ing Mrs Ndamukanei Chikuni told the court that, in Jan­uary this year the com­plainant fell ill.

She said the pupil’s mother went to Ncube and the head­mas­ter to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion.

“Ncube failed to ap­pre­ci­ate and un­der­stand the com­plainant’s con­di­tion and started to tor­ture and ex­pose her to abuse,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“The ac­cused in­sulted the com­plainant by ut­ter­ing the fol­low­ing words, ‘l will make your life mis­er­able’ through un­spec­i­fied var­i­ous means,” said Mrs Chikuni.

It is the state case that, the ac­cused re­fused to mark and su­per­vise the aca­demic work of the pupil.

“At times she would give her un­be­liev­able marks. The ac­cused also did not mark and cap­ture her re­sults on the first term ex­am­i­na­tions and this was in­di­cated in her school re­port,” she said.

Mrs Chikuni said at times Ncube would seg­re­gate and with­draw the pupil from class dis­cus­sions and learn­ing groups.

Due to Ncube’s ac­tions, said the pros­e­cu­tor, the pupil’s learn­ing has been af­fected since Jan­uary.— @patiemt­siwi.

Ef­flu­ent from a burst man­hole forms a pool in front of houses in Bu­l­awayo’s En­tum­bane sub­urb. The over­flow which has not been at­tended to for some days poses a health risk to peo­ple who live in the area (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma).

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