Good re­sults but age catch­ing up with in­fra­struc­ture

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AGE is catch­ing up with in­fra­struc­ture at one of the old­est ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try — Iny­athi High School.

The school, es­tab­lished in 1859 boasts of hav­ing been the first to have a struc­tured ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme go­ing on spear­headed by the early mis­sion­ar­ies.

Its alumni lists is one of the most colour­ful with the likes of Mthuli Ncube, Phinot Moyo, Gertrude Nyakutse, Thoko Ndlovu, Clara Nondo, Der­rick Gi­jima, Tanda Tavaruva Mhunga, Bekithemba Moyo, Ndu­miso Gumede, for­mer North­lea head­mas­ter Joshua Mpofu, Roger Muhlwa and for­mer Chron­i­cle jour­nal­ists Makuw­erere Bwititi and Sikhum­buzo Mafa (both late) hav­ing gone through the school.

In an in­ter­view ahead of the school’s speech and prize-giv­ing day to­day, the head­mas­ter Mr Nku­l­uleko Zidla said there were now signs of tear in the in­fra­struc­ture. He said these needed im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion to en­sure the school main­tained its health and safety stan­dards as well as pro­vid­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren and teach­ers to go ahead smoothly with their ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Ob­vi­ously for a school as old as ours, there is need to look at the in­fra­struc­ture and mod­ernise it. There is need for re­fur­bish­ments on the sewer and water pipes, elec­tri­cal poles and fit­tings as well as roofs whose ceil­ings need at­ten­tion too on some of the build­ings. It is our sin­cere hope that our for­mer stu­dents who have al­ways sup­ported us with the par­ents will step in and help, notwith­stand­ing ex­pec­ta­tions about the busi­ness com­mu­nity,” said Mr Zidla whose school is sur­rounded by a num­ber of mines with Cas­myn and Turk Mine be­ing the big­gest.

Mr Zidla said mem­bers of staff who in­clude teach­ers were also af­fected by the ac­com­mo­da­tion short­age.

“They have to share the lit­tle that is avail­able. At the mo­ment as a school we are busy con­struct­ing a house. An­other has been com­pleted but we need more for staff mem­bers,” said Mr Zidla.

He said they had man­aged to pur­chase a twin cab ve­hi­cle for use by the school and that they would soon take de­liv­ery of a 66-seater bus.

New fur­ni­ture was bought for teach­ers and pupils last year.

Mr Zidla said to en­hance se­cu­rity at the school there was a need to erect a perime­ter fence.

He said he was happy that Iny­athi High School had con­tin­ued to com­pete favourably with the prov­ince’s top schools John Tal­lach, Marist Brothers, St James and Gloag by pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults at both O-and A-Level.

Iny­athi was rock bot­tom in 2009 with just six per­cent of the stu­dents pass­ing but the abil­ity to re­tain staff, main­tain high stan­dards of dis­ci­pline and morale, had seen re­sults im­prove to 75 pe­cent.

“The suc­cess rate at A-Level has been phe­nom­e­nal with a 100 per­cent rate recorded last year and with hard work and the li­brary op­er­a­tional and ac­cess to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy our pupils and teach­ers are able to re­search. This is mak­ing it bet­ter for good re­sults. We are also grate­ful to our for­mer teacher the late Jill Charl­ton whose benev­o­lence saw the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern day li­brary with an IT sec­tion for re­search pur­poses.

“The fa­cil­ity is also ac­ces­si­ble to nearby sis­ter school Emh­langeni Pri­mary School,” said Mr Zidla whose school won the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Bell Merit Award in 2013.

Last year, Nde­bele said, Fash­ion and Fab­rics and Food and Nu­tri­tion scored 100 per­cent suc­cess at O-Level.

Mr Zidla said of the 24 ad­mit­ted Sci­ence Lower Sixth pupils study­ing at the school, eight were girls.

Par­ents who will be at the school to­day will be pleased to learn that Nkosiphile Ng­wenya and Al­fred Vandira scored 15 points in the June 2016 Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions.

Wit­ness Dlamini scored 15 points from Bi­ol­ogy, Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence and Geog­ra­phy.

Nkosiphile out­shone the class in the sciences where he sat ex­ams in Math­e­mat­ics, Physics and Chem­istry while Al­fred’s As were in Ac­count­ing, Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness Stud­ies.

The school he said had con­tin­ued to hold its own in sport with a num­ber of ath­letes mak­ing it to provin­cial and na­tional fi­nals in a num­ber of dis­ci­plines.

With the cur­ricu­lum em­pha­sis­ing on both tech­ni­cal and aca­demic sub­jects, Mr Zidla and his staff have spared sport a thought con­struct­ing a multi-pur­pose and all weather fa­cil­ity for bas­ket­ball, hand ball, net­ball and vol­ley­ball, a sport which has in the past pro­duced na­tional team play­ers like Ed­son Gift Sibanda, Re­becca Dube and Sheila Karun­gaire.

For­mer High­landers daz­zling mid­fielder Thoko Sit­hole was a pupil at the school too.

Mr Nku­l­uleko Zidla

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