COM­MIT­MENT, PLAN­NING, HARD WORK

Tsholot­sho High’s achieve­ments are sec­ond to none in the district

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Prince Sun­duzani

IN­DEED like a green patch in a desert, Tsholot­sho High has be­come the pre­ferred school in Tsholot­sho District and a con­tender that can­not be ig­nored in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince.

Lo­cated at the heart of Tsholot­sho, about 117 km west of Bu­l­awayo, one would be par­doned for ex­pect­ing the school to have a ru­ral look. How­ever, the mo­ment one sets foot about 100m from the school, they are wel­comed by mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture of a wellde­vel­oped learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion.

The school’s achieve­ments are sec­ond to none in the district; in­deed a shin­ing star in the prov­ince.

In an in­ter­view with The Chron­i­cle ahead of to­day’s Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day, the school head Mr Sicelo Dube at­trib­uted the school’s suc­cess to com­mit­ment, strate­gic plan­ning and hard work.

At a time when most schools across Zim­babwe are con­strained due to the un­friendly eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, Tsholot­sho High School is lift­ing the bur­den off par­ents’ shoul­ders by re­duc­ing school fees and em­bark­ing on projects with­out de­mand­ing spe­cial levies from them.

“All the de­vel­op­ments we’re do­ing here are done with­out spe­cial levies; it is through plan­ning, com­mit­ment and hard work that we’re able to de­velop our school with­out hav­ing to trou­ble the par­ents,” said Mr Dube

“We’ve man­aged to con­struct a 4,2 km long pre­cast wall and also changed the face of the school. We’ve also bought a 26-seater bus to add on to the 63-seater we al­ready have. A 57kv gen­er­a­tor to avert the elec­tric­ity problems that we face has also been bought. We’ve man­aged to tar the school roads and are paving all our path­ways to make our school look beau­ti­ful and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

“We also ex­tended the ad­min­is­tra­tion block and put up a new of­fice. We’ve also built a clinic at the school which is man­aged by a nurse.”

He said the de­vel­op­ments at the school are as a re­sult of unity of pur­pose from all stake­hold­ers, that is, ad­min­is­tra­tive staff, teach­ers and par­ents.

“We’re work­ing to­gether to im­prove the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of th­ese pupils. The par­ents are very sup­port­ive and when­ever we pro­pose projects, they don’t ask why, but how to do them,” said Mr Dube.

Tsholot­sho High School has made sig­nif­i­cant strides in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new cur­ricu­lum, par­tic­u­larly tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional sub­jects.

The school is tak­ing things a notch higher as their agri­cul­ture prac­ti­cals re­sem­ble that of well-es­tab­lished com­mer­cial farms.

Pupils learn prac­ti­cal sub­jects on the job and at the mo­ment are in­volved in the paving and walling of the school. This is the kind of ed­u­ca­tion the govern­ment of is try­ing to pro­mote.

“We have a thriv­ing chicken project and are pick­ing over 3 000 eggs per day. Our veg­etable gar­den is also do­ing well with over 3 000 heads of cab­bages, and some but­ter­nut which we’ll be har­vest­ing soon,” said Mr Dube.

Tsholot­sho High School has done well to pro­mote ex­tra-cur­ric­ula ac­tiv­i­ties with the school choir hav­ing won na­tional choir com­pe­ti­tions and pro­duced a CD.

“We’re the gi­ants of cho­ral mu­sic. All the ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered by Nash, we’re there. We’re also into mod­el­ing; one of our girls has won pageants in Harare and in the prov­ince. One of them won Miss Vic­to­ria Falls last year,” he said.

With a com­mit­ted head­mas­ter and a 57 mem­ber team that is goal driven, the school has man­aged to im­prove its aca­demic re­sults.

The school has put in place ad­e­quate re­sources for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the up­dated ed­u­ca­tion guide­line.

“As a school, we’ve em­braced the new cur­ricu­lum and are tak­ing it se­ri­ously. We’ve in­tro­duced a num­ber of sub­jects that are in the cur­ricu­lum and our learn­ers are tak­ing very much in­ter­est in th­ese new sub­jects,” said Mr Dube.

“We’re buy­ing the new text­books and I’m proud to say that we’re al­most done with buy­ing enough. Par­ents are very sup­port­ive and some are buy­ing their chil­dren th­ese new ma­te­ri­als.”

Tsholot­sho High School is a cham­pion of in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies in this ru­ral com­mu­nity. They have a fully equipped com­puter lab with plans in the pipe­line to upgrade it.

The school has been cho­sen to be the driver of tech­nol­ogy in the district, a role it is fully fur­nished to take up.

“We have an ICT cen­tre at the school and we’ve also al­lowed the A-Level pupils to bring their own gad­gets. We also in­stalled WiFi units at the school and are con­nected to the in­ter­net. I al­ways en­cour­age pupils to utilise th­ese,” said Mr Dube

“We’re send­ing our teach­ers to at­tend ICT work­shops so that they can be fully equipped to drive the tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion at the school. Re­cently,

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