Les­bian­ism rocks Mat North school

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A FE­MALE teacher at Zwan­gend­aba High School in Mata­bele­land North has been caught up in a les­bian­ism storm amid claims that some school­girls were fight­ing over her af­ter she pro­posed love to them.

Mata­bele­land North Act­ing Deputy Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Direc­tor, Mrs Beatrice Man­jere con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a re­port on les­bian­ism ac­tiv­i­ties at the school. She said the mat­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “I can con­firm that we re­ceived a re­port of that na­ture from Zwan­gend­aba Sec­ondary School. A re­port was made and be­cause les­bian­ism is a very sen­si­tive topic to deal with, we have as­signed in­ves­ti­ga­tors to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in the school,” said Mrs Man­jere.

A source, who is a school de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee mem­ber, said the al­le­ga­tions of les­bian­ism at the school started when the teacher (name sup­plied) ar­rived at there two years ago.

“Par­ents are fu­ri­ous about this bad habit which has sud­denly blos­somed in the school since the ar­rival of that teacher re­sult­ing in girls con­stantly fight­ing over the teacher or their girl part­ners. She ar­rived at the school about two years ago and since then all hell broke loose, with most girls’ be­hav­iour hav­ing taken a new twist,” said a source.

“The teacher, who is in her twen­ties claims to be mar­ried but she has never been seen with her hus­band and now ru­mour says she’s in a process of di­vorc­ing the uniden­ti­fied man.

“We took the mat­ter twice to a district ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, who is now re­tired (name sup­plied) but no mea­sures were taken to rec­tify or in­ves­ti­gate that. Last term, we held a hear­ing, with some pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials, where four pupils openly di­vulged what they had been do­ing with the teacher but noth­ing was done.”

A par­ent, Mr Mandla Mpofu said some girls have pre­vi­ously fought over her.

“When our chil­dren came home telling us what is hap­pen­ing, it all sounded like a movie but pupils have reached an ex­tent of en­gag­ing in fist fights for the teacher who pro­poses love to many of them all at once,” said Mr Mpofu.

He said it is al­leged that the teacher once lived in South Africa.

Mr Mpofu said some girls at the school were turn­ing to les­bian­ism due to the teacher’s bad in­flu­ence.

“Last year, some school boys found two Form Three girls ‘ mak­ing love’ in the bush and they thor­oughly beat them up and the one who acted like a man al­most died. The par­ents of that girl, failed even to re­port the as­sault fear­ing that their child could be ar­rested.

“Girls are con­stantly fight­ing now. This is a very big em­bar­rass­ment and our com­mu­nity is be­ing spo­ken ill of and we de­mand that mea­sures be taken to put this to end,” said Mr Mpofu.

A source said there was a hear­ing over the mat­ter last term at the school and some pupils con­fessed hav­ing had a re­la­tion­ship with the teacher, but noth­ing more was done. Some of the pupils who nailed the teacher al­legedly later turned around and said they had been forced to ad­mit to the al­le­ga­tions by a cer­tain teacher.

“Since they have failed to con­trol this, we seek in­ter­ven­tion by su­pe­ri­ors in the min­istry,” one of the teach­ers, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said yes­ter­day. — @win­nie-masara

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