New sec­ondary school for Beit­bridge

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Health/gender/national News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter

BEIT­BRIDGE Ru­ral District Coun­cil last week com­mis­sioned a new sec­ondary school in Beit­bridge West which will help chil­dren in Masera area who were forced to travel more than 20 kilo­me­tres to the near­est school.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Peter Moyo said Masera Sec­ondary School was an ini­tia­tive of the lo­cal com­mu­nity which saw the need to have their chil­dren ac­cess ed­u­ca­tion eas­ily.

“Masera Sec­ondary School is a brain child of the com­mu­nity mem­bers of Masera Ward 7 in Beit­bridge West con­stituency. It was the com­mu­nity mem­bers who re­alised the need to have a sec­ondary school in the ward. The chil­dren, af­ter com­plet­ing Grade 7, from schools like Ndambe and Mt­shi­lashokwe could only go to Sw­ereki Sec­ondary which is 22 kilo­me­tres away or Shashe Sec­ondary which is 27 kilo­me­tres away,” he said.

He said es­tab­lish­ment of the school was also likely to limit the num­ber of young peo­ple who are cross­ing the bor­der into South Africa.

“For the con­struc­tion of the school the 250 fam­i­lies con­trib­uted 20 rand each which was used to buy 70 pack­ets of ce­ment which was used for brick mould­ing. Some of them also pro­vided labour while lo­cal com­mer­cial farm­ers pro­vided river sand.”

“We also got a do­na­tion of 78 pack­ets of ce­ment from Pingwe con­ser­vancy project, World Vi­sion and Lim­popo Area De­vel­op­men­tal Pro­gramme which added most of the re­quired ma­te­rial to con­struct four class­room blocks, teach­ers’ houses and blair toi­lets,” said Mr Moyo.

He said in the mean­time the school was of­fer­ing Maths, Venda, English, Geog­ra­phy, Nde­bele, Sci­ence, English lit­er­a­ture and some tech-vo­ca­tional sub­jects.

Mr Moyo said there were also other projects un­der­way in the district.

“Now that Masera Sec­ondary has been com­mis­sioned the coun­cil is now con­cen­trat­ing on the fol­low­ing schools in Beit­bridge West con­stituency which are Ma­pane Pri­mary School in Ward 8 near Shashe, Nobe Pri­mary School in Ward 10 and Mu­tangamt­shena Sec­ondary in Ward 11,” he said.

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