Good results but age catching up with infrastructure
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