‘Ed­u­ca­tion yields trans­for­ma­tion’

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GUIDED by the motto “Im­fundo Iletha In­guquko, Ed­u­ca­tion yields trans­for­ma­tion” Sobuk­hazi High School in Bu­l­awayo’s Mzi­likazi sub­urb is fo­cus­ing on pro­duc­ing dis­ci­plined stu­dents who are also able to cre­ate their own jobs as pro­vided for in the new cur­ricu­lum.

The school of­fers day classes from Form One to Form Six and over the years the school has pro­duced stu­dents who are do­ing well in var­i­ous fields such as sports.

The school con­tin­ues to shine in the aca­demic and so­cial plat­forms as wit­nessed by the up­ward trends in pass rates, medals and awards scooped in var­i­ous dis­tricts, pro­vin­cial and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

The school also has a strong in­cli­na­tion to­wards its orig­i­nal pur­pose of be­ing an F2 school as it fo­cuses more on prac­ti­cal learn­ing ar­eas and sports as it re­sponds to the cur­rent mar­ket forces of cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through en­trepreneur­ship.

In her re­port at the Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day Cer­e­mony on Fri­day at the school, Sobuk­hazi High School head­mistress Mrs Thotha Sikosana re­vealed that the school was now of­fer­ing all the sub­jects pro­vided for in the new cur­ricu­lum as a way of en­hanc­ing skills among the stu­dents.

“The school has fully em­braced the up­dated cur­ricu­lum as it now of­fers 28 sub­jects in­clud­ing prac­ti­cal sub­jects and com­put­ers among oth­ers. An im­por­tant point to note is that all learn­ers at least have one prac­ti­cal sub­ject and this is so that at the end of the day stu­dents be­come job cre­ators, not job seek­ers. Last year our Food Tech­nol­ogy De­part­ment par­tic­i­pated in bak­ery pro­duc­ing and sell­ing buns and they were judged the best in cake mak­ing. We also hope to start sell­ing to the com­mu­nity as soon as we get enough equip­ment,” said Mrs Sikosana.

Mrs Sikosana also high­lighted that the school does not tol­er­ate any form of in­dis­ci­pline among stu­dents and that they would con­tinue to ex­plore av­enues to en­sure cor­rect be­hav­iour.

“In­dis­ci­pline can never be to­tally erad­i­cated but it can be con­trolled and that is what is hap­pen­ing at our school. There is Guid­ance and Coun­selling De­part­ment which deals with be­hav­iour change and we want to ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts made to curb un­wanted be­hav­iours. As a school we will con­tinue to ex­plore av­enues to cor­rect way­ward pupils. It is our duty to bring up so­cially ac­cept­able chil­dren,” she said.

Mrs Sikosana also said there was a five per­cent in­crease in the Or­di­nary Level pass rate in the past year with no­table im­prove­ments be­ing noted in the sciences de­part­ment.

“The pass rate for O-level for the year 2017 was 19, 5 per­cent from 14, 30 per­cent in 2016. This pass rate could have been bet­ter but for the past years we were hav­ing chal­lenges with Math­e­mat­ics but I am glad to in­form you that there was a re­mark­able im­prove­ment in 2017 when the de­part­ment pro­duced more than 10 As. The same ap­plies to Science es­pe­cially with hard sciences such as Bi­ol­ogy, Chem­istry and Physics.

“The Ad­vanced Level re­sults are al­ways good as in some sub­jects its 100 per­cent pass. We are look­ing for­ward to build­ing a proper Science lab­o­ra­tory for our se­nior classes,” said Mrs Sikosana.

She said the first two terms of the year were the busiest with re­gards to sports and that for the past three years the school teams have been in re­gional and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“Dur­ing the first and sec­ond terms the school is a hive of ac­tiv­ity for ath­let­ics and ball games. In 2016, our U-15 boys soc­cer team rep­re­sented Bu­l­awayo Nash in the Copa Coca-Cola na­tional fi­nals in Gwanda land­ing po­si­tion five na­tion­ally. Our player Ma­trip­ples Mu­leya was se­lected into the Zim­babwe team that played in South Africa.

“In 2017 our U-20 girls soc­cer team rep­re­sented Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince in Kariba and was po­si­tion six na­tion­ally. In 2018 our U-20 girls netball team rep­re­sented Bu­l­awayo in Masvingo and were po­si­tion four na­tion­ally and in cricket our Sukoluhle Muriri was se­lected into the Zim­bab­wean girls’ team, there­fore our learn­ers con­tinue to shine, bayak­haz­im­ula ful­fill­ing the motto ‘Im­fundo iletha in­guquko, Ed­u­ca­tion yields trans­for­ma­tion’,” she added.

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