‘Girls have po­ten­tial to pos­i­tively change the world’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

THE Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Home Af­fairs Mr Melusi Mat­shiya has urged par­ents to em­power the girl child aca­dem­i­cally so that she can be able to stand out in so­ci­ety and help de­velop the coun­try.

He told par­ents, pupils and teach­ers at Usher High School dur­ing a speech and prize giv­ing cer­e­mony, where he was the guest of hon­our, last Fri­day that with the right sup­port, girls had the po­ten­tial to pos­i­tively change the world.

Mr Mat­shiya said the girl child is most vul­ner­a­ble to emo­tional and phys­i­cal abuse hence em­pow­er­ing her aca­dem­i­cally will make her more able to stand against abuse.

“Ed­u­ca­tion in what­ever way pro­motes dis­ci­pline and as a fa­ther in my own right I fully ap­pre­ci­ate the re­al­ity of chal­lenges that girls face in life hence the need to arm them against all forces of fu­ture hu­mil­i­a­tion or in­dig­nity in­clud­ing in­dulging in risky ad­ven­tures,” said Mr Mat­shiya.

“Truly, any girl’s for­mi­da­ble for­ti­fi­ca­tion nowa­days is ed­u­ca­tion. An ed­u­cated girl can’t be marginalised at all. She is com­pet­i­tive and ag­ile. She is con­fi­dent.”

He said ed­u­ca­tion is a way of seed­ing en­trepreneur­ship and girls shall be­come en­trepreneurs in their own right and boost na­tional pros­per­ity.

“The Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe Amend­ment (NO.20) ACT, 2013 states that the State must adopt rea­son­able poli­cies and mea­sures, within the lim­its of the re­sources avail­able to it, to en­sure that chil­dren have ac­cess to ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

“This cer­e­mony epit­o­mises the de­vel­op­men­tal thrust for the growth tar­gets enun­ci­ated for the Zim-As­set for which the school is play­ing its role to­wards at­tain­ment of five per­cent pro­jected ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor growth.”

The head of the school, Mrs Idah Moyo, who re­ceived a brand new Prado from the school devel­op­ment coun­cil on the day, pointed out a num­ber of chal­lenges that the school is fac­ing.

“Wa­ter short­ages con­tinue to haunt us as a school. We are also fac­ing a short­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion for teach­ers and work­ers. Some par­ents are not pay­ing their chil­dren’s fees on time and this is a ma­jor set­back to us,” said Mrs Moyo.

She said the school needs to build an ad­min­is­tra­tion block as well as to re­fur­bish its sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries at a cost of $186 000.

Mrs Moyo said the school at­tained a 100 per­cent pass rates in A-Level Lit­er­a­ture in English, Agri­cul­ture, Chem­istry and Com­put­ers.

At O-Level the school scored 100 per­cent in Agri­cul­ture and Food and Nu­tri­tion. — @tan­nytkay

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