Hwange pri­mary school opens with one teacher

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

A SCHOOL in Hwange, which failed to open for the third term due to a short­age of teach­ers, has opened after only one teacher re­ported for duty on Mon­day.

The teacher is teach­ing the Grade Seven class only ahead of pupils’ pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions slated for next month.

Pupils from Grade One to Six have no teach­ers and par­ents have been urged to look for vol­un­teers to teach their chil­dren.

Nen­gasha Pri­mary School failed to open early this month when other schools opened after its teacher who dou­bles up as its head­mistress did not turn up for work.

The teacher, iden­ti­fied only as Mrs Zhou, only started re­port­ing for duty on Mon­day.

Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Direc­tor Mrs Boi­tatelo Mn­guni yes­ter­day said al­though the teacher has now re­ported for duty, she is teach­ing the Grade Seven class only.

“That is what she is ca­pa­ble of teach­ing at the mo­ment,” said Mrs Mn­guni.

She said the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion was aware of the short­age of teach­ers in Mata­bele­land North and they were wait­ing for them to re­cruit.

The PED said the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion was urg­ing par­ents to seek vol­un­teers to teach their chil­dren.

“We’ve en­cour­aged them to seek the ser­vices of old tem­po­rary teach­ers just like schools in other com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’re ap­peal­ing to those who can vol­un­teer ser­vices to as­sist the chil­dren,” she said.

The school was es­tab­lished in 1983 for the Hwange East com­mu­nity.

Par­ents with chil­dren at Nen­gasha Pri­mary School last week told The Chron­i­cle that the school was the only hope for their chil­dren to get an ed­u­ca­tion.

The par­ents said they can­not risk trans­fer­ring their chil­dren to the near­est school, Dinde Pri­mary School, which is about 14KM away.

They said trans­fer­ring their chil­dren would be risky due to the po­ten­tial of at­tacks by wild an­i­mals as they live near Hwange Na­tional Park.

The par­ents com­plained that their chil­dren have not ben­e­fited much at school this year as they last had a full com­ple­ment of teach­ers dur­ing the first term.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the coun­try has over 25 000 un­em­ployed teach­ers.—@ nqot­shili.

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