Govt do­nates com­put­ers to Head­lands school

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sa­muel Kadun­gure in HEAD­LANDS

VICE PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies and Courier Ser­vices, yes­ter­day do­nated 100 state-of-the-art com­put­ers to Batanai Pri­mary School in Head­lands.

The school caters for pupils in re­set­tle­ment ar­eas.

VP Mnan­gagwa, who was meant to of­fi­cially hand over the class­room blocks built with as­sis­tance from the District Devel­op­ment Fund (DDF), In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM), Makoni Ru­ral District Coun­cil and par­ents, was rep­re­sented by Deputy Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­fes­sor Paul Mavhima.

Re­ceiv­ing the blocks, Prof Mavhima said his min­istry chipped in with the ce­ment, while par­ents con­trib­uted all lo­cally avail­able ma­te­ri­als and labour, to fast-track con­struc­tion of a com­puter lab­o­ra­tory at the school.

Batanai Pri­mary has an en­rol­ment of 482 pupils, which leaves it with a com­puter-pupil ra­tio of 1:5, which is above the norm even at es­tab­lished for­mer Group A schools.

VP Mnan­gagwa said par­ents and those in the Di­as­pora should part­ner Gov­ern­ment by in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion.

The Vice Pres­i­dent chal­lenged schools across the coun­try to em­brace the cur­ricu­lum path­way struc­ture in­tro­duced by the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry.

VP Mnan­gagwa said the cur­ricu­lum frame­work, which has al­ready been en­dorsed by Cabi­net, sought to in­tro­duce tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, cre­ative arts, tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion, e-teach­ing and e-learn­ing, holis­tic sports and cul­ture, learner wel­fare and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment.

“Ev­ery stu­dent, from ECD (Early Child Devel­op­ment) should have an op­por­tu­nity to learn com­put­ers as en­shrined in the up­dated cur­ricu­lum be­ing im­ple­mented by the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion,” said the VP in his speech.

“The (new) cur­ricu­lum frame­work has al­ready been en­dorsed by Cabi­net and is al­ready un­der­way. It seeks to en­sure that our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has the fol­low­ing among oth­ers, that is crit­i­cal think­ing, prob­lem solv­ing, lead­er­ship devel­op­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, team-build­ing, and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude,” he said.

“We must never lose sight of the fact that crit­i­cal think­ing, prob­lem solv­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal skills com­bined in such a way to cul­ti­vate in­no­va­tion, re­search, in­ven­tive­ness and value and devel­op­ment, which are in­valu­able in­gre­di­ents for value ad­di­tion which we des­per­ately need as a coun­try,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

He added that the up­dated cur­ricu­lum equipped learn­ers with rel­e­vant knowl­edge and ro­bust skills for self-em­pow­er­ment.

He said stu­dents should ac­quire life skills to cre­ate em­ploy­ment un­like in the past when they used to ac­quire grades to be con­sid­ered for jobs.

“The new cur­ricu­lum will see the in­tro­duc­tion of sub­jects like agri­cul­ture, lan­guages, ICT, science, math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics at an ear­lier age in schools.

“More im­por­tantly, the changes are in con­form­ity with the new tra­jec­tory of ac­cel­er­ated eco­nomic and wealth cre­ation as es­poused in the eco­nomic blue­print, Zim-As­set and the 10 Point Plan enun­ci­ated by His Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Cde R G Mu­gabe,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

The ed­u­ca­tion min­istry was tasked to es­tab­lish a sec­ondary school in the area to avoid the cur­rent si­t­u­a­tion where stu­dents trav­elled nearly 20km to the near­est sec­ondary school.

The Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Power Devel­op­ment Dr Sa­muel Un­denge, who is also the Zanu-PF Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial chair­man, said he would make sure all schools in Head­lands were con­nected to the grid.

Batanai Pri­mary started op­er­at­ing in to­bacco barns in 2004 and con­struc­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture was com­pleted in 2014.

The school was elec­tri­fied in 2016.

— Pic­ture by Ti­naye Nyadzayo

En­ergy and Power Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Sa­muel Un­denge (centre) flanked by Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Deputy Min­is­ter Christopher Chin­gosho (left) and Deputy Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­fes­sor Paul Mavhima at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Batanai Pri­mary School in Head­lands yes­ter­day.

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