Pro­gres­sive pos­si­bil­i­ties at ‘pride of Gwanda’

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GWANDA High School, the pride of Gwanda is play­ing host to its Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day to­day un­der its 2016 theme — Pro­gres­sive Pos­si­bil­i­ties. It is part of the new cur­ricu­lum set in Novem­ber 2014 where a call was made for the over­haul of the Zim­babwe ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Mr Arthur Maphosa, the school head­mas­ter, said the move was in­spired by the 1999 Nzi­ra­masanga Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the state of ed­u­ca­tion. This prompted the Govern­ment through the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion to em­bark on a vig­or­ous review of the cur­ricu­lum.

“This had to be in sync with the di­rec­tion of the coun­try’s so­cial, eco­nomic and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment. The Zim-As­set eco­nomic blue­print clearly in­di­cated that the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum needs a com­plete review,” said Mr Maphosa.

Mr Maphosa said the school is pre­pared for change in the cur­ricu­lum which en­tails a change in the syl­labus and change in the de­liv­ery of knowl­edge to the pupils.

“The pro­gres­sive pos­si­bil­i­ties of the new cur­ricu­lum mean that the school should adopt the con­cept of in­clu­siv­ity boast­ing of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion where stu­dents spe­cialise in skills train­ing to lift their con­fi­dence, com­pe­ten­cies and com­pet­i­tive­ness in so­ci­ety — which is crit­i­cal to achiev­ing qual­ity and rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tion for all. As a school we then should be able to learn, un­learn and re-learn.

“We should learn com­put­ers to help us ad­just and adapt into the tech­no­log­i­cal world, we should un­learn the be­lief in white col­lar jobs only and re­learn that get­ting our hands dirty with work is now the or­der of the day if we are to sur­vive as a na­tion,” he said.

The school, es­tab­lished in 1973 with a spe­cial em­pha­sis to prac­ti­cal sub­jects, had since re­vo­ca­tion­alised to an ex­tent that ev­ery child does a prac­ti­cal sub­ject among a host of other sub­jects such as Cabi­net Mak­ing, Fash­ion and Fab­rics, Gar­ment Con­struc­tion, Wood­work, PE, Build­ing Stud­ies, Brick and Block Lay­ing, Agri­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­ture as well as Com­puter Pack­ages.

The stu­dents write Higher Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions Council [HEXCO] at Form Three.

“These are the pos­i­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties of our new cur­ricu­lum.”

Mr Maphosa said the school was ea­ger to widen its sub­ject range to in­clude tech­ni­cal graph­ics, mu­sic, food science, metal work, art and mass dis­plays.

The school which em­braces the teach­ing of Science and Math­e­mat­ics has gone a step fur­ther to add arts.

“We have added arts to STEM to make it Steam as apart from in­dus­tri­al­is­ing and ad­vanc­ing tech­no­log­i­cally, we want to churn out well Ubuntu/hunhu,” dis­ci­plined cit­i­zens who em­brace Maphosa.

Mr Maphosa said his school had in­tro­duced a Guid­ance and Coun­selling Depart­ment which in­cor­po­rates clubs, girls and boys em­pow­er­ment move­ments, or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren’s wel­fare and child-headed families. These wel­fare pro­grammes are sup­ported by the so­cial safety net­works such as Beam, Higher­life Foun­da­tion, Shalom Min­istries, War Veter­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion and var­i­ous other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Our cur­ricu­lum ex­tends to non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, that is, Part-Time Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Classes [PTCEC] which com­prise con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, sec­ond chance ed­u­ca­tion and life-long ed­u­ca­tion. This PTCEC has pro­duced many teach­ers and of­fice pro­fes­sion­als.

“For the record, the school came first in the best run PTCEC classes in the ur­ban ar­eas of Zim­babwe,” said Mr Maphosa.

The head­mas­ter told The Chron­i­cle that the pass rate at the school had im­proved from 21 per­cent in 2014 for Or­di­nary Level can­di­dates to 34.8 last year.

At A-Level Gwanda High School im­proved from 80.2 per­cent in 2014 to 94.1 in 2015 with 20 get­ting 10 points and above.

“We are im­prov­ing not only in the pass rate but also the qual­ity of the grades as well. For ex­am­ple, our best stu­dent at A-Level had 16 points while at Or­di­nary level the best stu­dent had 7As. In the PTCEC the best stu­dent had 6 sub­jects — 3As and 3Bs.”

Mr Maphosa said 11 pupils who wrote June ex­am­i­na­tions al­ready boast of five sub­jects and is de­lighted by the fact that Math­e­mat­ics recorded a pass rate of 56 per­cent.

STEM – 2016 Theme: Re­search, In­no­va­tion and De­sign through STEM: the way to go all aboard.

Gwanda High School com­peted up to pro­vin­cial level where they won seven gold medals in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories;

Gen­eral cat­e­gories: said Mr ZJC non ma­te­rial col­lec­tion po­si­tion 1 — Kudzai Danda 2A1 A-Level non-ma­te­rial col­lec­tion po­si­tion 1 — Ta­fara T Ndlovu U6 Com­mer­cials A- Level sur­vey po­si­tion 1 — Mzwandile Tsha­bangu U6 Science Tech-Voc cat­e­gories ZJC Tex­tiles and Gar­ment Con­struc­tion po­si­tion 1Princess Nkala 2A1 O’ Level Tex­tiles and Gar­ment Con­struc­tion po­si­tion 1 — Ru­varashe Chin­dara 4A3

ZJC Wood and Metal Tech­nol­ogy po­si­tion 1— Vi­sion Moyo 2A1

O-Level Wood and Metal Tech­nol­ogy po­si­tion 1 – Man­disa Nkala 3A2

Of the 13 gold medals won by the District team, 7 came from Gwanda High School.

In sport, Gwanda High School con­tin­ued to shine with a num­ber of pupils mak­ing it into na­tional teams with Nkosiyavuma Ndlovu guid­ing the Zim­babwe team to gold in the South­ern Africa Schools Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships in Botswana in Au­gust.

Ath­letes, net­ballers, hand­ballers, chess play­ers and darts stars made an im­pact in the province with some of the more ta­lented ones pro­gress­ing to na­tion­als as Gwanda High School con­tin­ued to of­fer chil­dren a plat­form to ex­plore their sport­ing prow­ess.

What was en­cour­ag­ing in the past year was that pupils from the school shone in pre­vi­ously un­her­alded dis­ci­plines like cricket where Elvin Nx­u­malo was awarded Best Bowler in the Mata­bele­land South Men’s League awards and the Best Un­der-18 Player.

Tawanda Kamela was awarded the Best Player in the men’s cricket.

Gwanda High School played host to the Copa Coca-Cola foot­ball tour­na­ment. Wash­ing­ton Nkomo was part of the Zim­babwe con­tin­gent which went to South Africa for a high level per­for­mance train­ing pro­gramme.

The school is in part­ner­ship with ZRP Gwanda through the Ju­nior Call Pro­gramme — this has helped our dis­ci­plinary chal­lenges go down.

“We also boast of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion part­ner­ship, EMA part­ner­ship, World Vi­sion part­ner­ship, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Re­spon­si­ble Author­ity — Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Gwanda, which sees the ex­is­tence of the Health Masters Club land­scap­ing to pro­mote hy­giene.”

Mr Maphosa said while some in­fra­struc­ture had been re­fur­bished in 2015, the school con­tin­ued to op­er­ate with­out an ad­min­is­tra­tion block.

He ap­pealed for as­sis­tance in rais­ing funds for the block, school hall and a util­ity ve­hi­cle for day-to-day er­rands.

He also feels that there is need for a sec­ond bus to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren trav­el­ling on school ed­u­ca­tional trips and sports.

“The li­brary has be­come too small to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­ber of stu­dents and the com­mu­nity,” said Mr Maphosa of the fa­cil­ity which has fallen short of the 1 000 plus pupil pop­u­la­tion.

He praised the re­spon­si­ble author­ity for the school, Gwanda Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, teach­ers and pupils for team work which were the cor­ner­stone of the school’s suc­cess.

“To­gether We Can Make Big Things Hap­pen,” was Mr Maphosa’s part­ing shot as he called on for­mer stu­dents, com­mu­nity and the na­tion to come for­ward and take Gwanda High School to the next 43 years.

Lawrence Chisango of Kon­ica Mi­nolta will be the guest of hon­our at the school’s Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day to­day.

Gwanda High School pupils pre­pare for to­day’s Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day in theschool’s Gar­ment Con­struc­tion Depart­ment on Tues­day. Inset, Mr Arthur Maphosa

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