Hard­work, com­mit­ment pays off

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CHURN­ING out pupils with very good re­sults in pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions thereby pre­par­ing them for life af­ter school has be­come syn­ony­mous with lead­ing Mata­bele­land South’s Mt­shabezi High School.

A former teacher train­ing in­sti­tute which is now a fully-fledged co-ed­u­ca­tional school with an en­rol­ment of about 1 000 pupils, the school is among the best in the coun­try.

The school’s prin­ci­pal, Mr Mor­gen Moyo at­tributes the high pass rate to teach­ers’ hard work and pupils’ com­mit­ment to a fu­ture un­der­pinned by a good ed­u­ca­tion.

In an in­ter­view with Chron­i­cle on Tues­day ahead of to­day’s Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day, Mr Moyo said: “The teach­ers and pupils’ hard work, good study­ing habits in­cul­cated by a very com­pe­tent teach­ing staff, has seen the boys and girls put the li­brary to good use hence the good re­sults. The pupils are also tak­ing ad­van­tage of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to do re­search us­ing com­put­ers, tablets and lap­tops,” said Mr Moyo.

He said he was proud that his teach­ers were part of sub­ject pan­els within the dis­trict and be­yond and were ever will­ing to up­grade them­selves and be­come cham­pi­ons in their re­spec­tive sub­jects.

Mr Moyo said he was happy that of the A-Level pupils who sat for their fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions in June this year, six had al­ready en­rolled with uni­ver­si­ties. He said 14 pupils ob­tained 10 points and above. The best pupil, Moyo said, at­tained 18 points.

He said 72 had passed at least two sub­jects dur­ing the June sit­ting.

The school­head said six of the pupils who wrote this year’s June ex­am­i­na­tions at O-Level passed with 5 As and bet­ter.

“We’re happy that the O-Level class also posted good re­sults in June with 84 pass­ing five sub­jects. Ge­og­ra­phy had the high­est num­ber of dis­tinc­tions with 70 in a class of 162, 59 had Bs and 27 Cs.

“Math­e­mat­ics recorded 38 As, 45 Bs and 35 Cs while Ac­counts recorded a 98 per­cent pass rate with 50 of the 51 pupils get­ting C or bet­ter.

“In Eco­nom­ics the pass rate was 97,8 per­cent with just one pupil at­tain­ing a D out of 46 pupils.

“Mi­nolta Ndlovu, Thando Moyo, Methembe Ndlovu, Te­bogo Sigodo, Them­be­lani Moyo and Mlungisi Ncube at­tained 5 As.

“There was a 100 per­cent pass rate in His­tory, Bi­ol­ogy, Physics, Busi­ness Stud­ies and Eco­nom­ics in the June A-Level ex­am­i­na­tions.

“As a school we were happy to cel­e­brate with this group and the best stu­dent was Keto Tu­turu who at­tained 18 points (Math­e­mat­ics A, Chem­istry A, Physics B and Bi­ol­ogy B). We are con­fi­dent that those who did not do well in June are pre­par­ing hard for Novem­ber and there is no rea­son for them to fail this time around,” said Mr Moyo.

Ngqabutho Dlamini had three dis­tinc­tions in Math­e­mat­ics, Physics and Chem­istry em­pha­siz­ing the school’s strength in STEM sub­jects — the new Gov­ern­ment thrust in ed­u­ca­tion.

Mal­aba Ncube at­tained 16 points in Com­mer­cials.

The school recorded a 92,1 per­cent pass rate in the Novem­ber 2015 O-Level ex­am­i­na­tions and Mr Moyo said the 2016 tar­get is 93 per­cent.

The A-Level pass rate was 96,5 per­cent and the school was among the best in the coun­try that in­cluded Matopo High School from the same prov­ince.

Mr Moyo said this year his school’s tar­get was a 100 per­cent pass rate at A-Level in Novem­ber.

He said the school had al­ready recorded a 100 per­cent pass mark in the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil sub­jects.

The school has a vi­able depart­ment for those with dis­abil­i­ties with fa­cil­i­ties that are friendly. Mr Moyo ap­pealed for more help for the depart­ment.

Par­ents who at­tend to­day’s func­tion will be happy to hear of the suc­cess of a num­ber of de­vel­op­ment projects un­der­taken by Mr Moyo and his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We were able to com­mis­sion a du­plex house, the li­brary foyer which has cre­ated more space for read­ing and the 16-seater mini bus should be ar­riv­ing at the school soon.

“We were able to tile two class­rooms and the boys’ din­ing room. Toi­lets at the ju­nior lab­o­ra­to­ries and church were tiled and one project we have our eyes on is to have an in­ter­net server for the li­brary as e-learn­ing has be­come an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the chil­dren’s learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We are ea­ger to buy lap­tops for de­part­ments and pro­jec­tors for the group head of de­part­ments,” said Mr Moyo.

Mt­shabezi may make his­tory by be­com­ing the first school in Mata­bele­land to have a multi-pur­pose in­door pavil­ion as work is al­ready above foun­da­tion level.

Bu­l­awayo com­pany High Range Engi­neer­ing have be­gun assem­bling the struc­tural fea­tures of the cen­tre and on Tues­day work on the foun­da­tion had started.

“For all our fu­ture gath­er­ings we’ll be in­doors and the fa­cil­ity will be home to sports like bas­ket­ball, net­ball, vol­ley­ball and oth­ers,” said Mr Moyo as he took The Chron­i­cle crew around the school.

Mr Moyo said the tiling of toi­lets and bath­rooms would con­tinue as soon as funds be­came avail­able.

While the year was filled with so many pos­i­tives Mr Moyo said there were still chal­lenges faced.

“Low pay­ment of fees, non-re­place­ment of crit­i­cal staff and the poor state of the road are some of the chal­lenges im­pact­ing neg­a­tively on the op­er­a­tion of the school,” said Mr Moyo.

The school also suf­fered from reg­u­lar power cuts which at times af­fected school projects.

Moyo ap­pealed to par­ents, the busi­ness com­mu­nity and former pupils to as­sist with re­sources to ad­dress some of the school’s chal­lenges.

Through its own ini­tia­tive, the school now has a bio­gas project ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing a four plate stove. It is from waste col­lected from the school which is sent through to a di­gester and the gas piped to the din­ing hall.

On dis­ci­pline, Mr Moyo said the school was happy and pointed out that the re­sults posted by pupils were a con­fir­ma­tion of the high lev­els of dis­ci­pline the school is en­joy­ing.

Me­wan­while, Mt­shabezi suc­cess­fully hosted the Brethren In Christ Church (BICC) Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

The school also ran a hol­i­days pro­gramme at­tended by 149 chil­dren from other school and 251 from Mt­shabezi.

In sport the school fared very well in both provin­cial and na­tional cham­pi­onships.

There were im­pres­sive per­for­mances in pub­lic speak­ing, de­bate, quiz and bak­ery stud­ies.

To cap a fine year Mt­shabezi dom­i­nated the BICC Schools Ball Games Cham­pi­onships.

The theme for to­day’s cel­e­bra­tions is “Pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion that is pes­tle sen­si­tive: A need for the 21st Cen­tury.”

Doc­tor Charles Mu­gaviri of Harare based La­sof will be the guest of hon­our.

What has been driv­ing Mt­shabezi is the de­sire to achieve qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion de­spite the chal­lenges.

Mt­shabezi High School head­mas­ter Mr Mor­gen Moyo

Some of the Mt­shabezi High School staff mem­bers

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