Mutare schools rule the roost at Grade 7

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande and Emmah Chinya­mu­tan­gira

MUTARE schools have dom­i­nated the 2018 Grade 7 ex­am­i­na­tions with the city’s bas­tion of ex­cel­lence, Chan­cel­lor Ju­nior, main­tain­ing its dom­i­nance for the fifth straight year after pro­duc­ing the high­est num­ber of can­di­dates with five units na­tion­ally.

Chan­cel­lor Ju­nior had 28 can­di­dates with five units from the 260 that achieved the same feat in Man­i­ca­land prov­ince.

The 2018 achieve­ment was, how­ever, lower than its per­for­mance in 2017.

In 2017 Chan­cel­lor Ju­nior had 39 pupils with five straight units.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Agri­cul­ture at Grade Seven as an ex­am­inable sub­ject in 2017 saw a sharp dip in the num­ber of can­di­dates at­tain­ing five units across the coun­try.

Mutare Ju­nior was sec­ond with 25 pupils with five units fol­lowed Gaza Pri­mary School, in Chipinge, with 20.

Bar­ing Pri­mary was fourth with 18, fol­lowed by Mt Mel­lary (Nyanga), St Joseph’s Pri­mary (Mutare) and Mu­rahwa Pri­mary (Mutare) which all had 17 pupils with five units.

Elated Chan­cel­lor Ju­nior head Mr Masimba Chi­howa spoke glow­ingly of the teach­ers’ hard work, par­ents, district and provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion of­fices’ sup­port.

He said the hands-on ap­proach in the in­tro­duc­tion and ex­pan­sion of an agri­cul­ture cen­tre at the school had en­sured that stu­dents grasped agri­cul­tural con­cepts with ease.

“As a school, we are very happy that we man­aged to main­tain the top spot. I be­lieve this was a re­sult of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion by mem­bers of staff right from the bot­tom. The ef­fort of the deputy head Mrs Tobline Mawire, the district and provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion of­fices in see­ing to it that teach­ers are well equipped can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. The par­ents’ ef­forts were fan­tas­tic.

“I re­ally can­not nar­rate the story of our suc­cess with­out men­tion­ing the agri­cul­ture cen­tre, which has been ex­pand­ing since in­cep­tion. It has given our chil­dren an ad­van­tage by learn­ing an­i­mal and aquatic life on site, let alone, the busi­ness

MIN­IS­TER of State for Man­i­ca­land Provin­cial Af­fairs Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba on Tues­day com­mis­sioned three refuse com­pacters, back­hoe loader, four util­ity ve­hi­cles and a staff bus worth about $700 000 for Mutare City Coun­cil.

The util­ity trucks are ex­pected to in­crease the rate of refuse col­lec­tion ef­fi­ciency in the city by at least 30 per­cent.

Speak­ing at the com­mis­sion­ing of the refuse truck, Dr Gwaradz­imba com­mended the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s re­newed com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery in the city.

“It is not sur­pris­ing to see such pos­i­tive re­sults com­ing from civic cen­tre. There have been re­newed com­mit­ment, re­fo­cus­ing and ded­i­ca­tion to duty since the com­ing of the Joshua Maligwa-led ad­min­is­tra­tion,” she said.

Dr Gwaradz­imba said the ser­vice de­liv­ery im­prove­ment would lead to the restora­tion of stake­holder con­fi­dence in city.

Mutare Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Bless­ing Tandi said coun­cil had been strug­gling to ef­fi­ciently col­lect refuse in all sub­urbs as it had last pro­cured sim­i­lar equip­ment more than eight years ago.

“Over the months we have been hir­ing pri­vate trucks which al­though not suit­able for col­lect­ing refuse, have helped us a lot as a lo­cal au­thor­ity to mange solid waste,” he said.

The ad­di­tional fleet is ex­pected to in­crease the rate of refuse col­lec­tion ef­fi­ciency by at least 30 per­cent as the cur­rent col­lec­tion level stands at 60 per­cent.

Cllr Tandi said the pro­cure­ment of the trucks was a ful­fil­ment of their 100 day plan to re-align ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“I am very proud to in­form you that we have al­ready met part of our 100 day plan in line with the cen­tral Gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive. More­over, the refuse trucks have been de­liv­ered at a time when the city is in dire need of en­hanc­ing solid waste man­age­ment be­cause of the cholera out­break that has hit the na­tion,” he said.

Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land Provin­cial Af­fairs Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba takes part in the clean-up in Sakubva on Wed­nes­day. (See story on Page 2)

Mr Maligwa

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