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Infrastructure development boost for rural school

Story by Courage Bushe

GOVERNMENT and development partners are working on the construction of a boarding facility at Chivizina High School in Mazvihwa area of Zvishavane before the end of this year, in a development set to enhance access to quality education.

Although the Zimbabwean government has identified numerous areas of intervention as far as education is concerned, the role that infrastructure plays in the growth and development of education cannot be overemphasised.

It is with this in mind that after the handover of Presidential ICT gadgets to Chivizina High School, government and private players pledged to develop the school infrastructure by constructing a boarding facility.

“We want to thank the government for giving us computers at this school because they will help us to research, and they will simplify our way of learning,” said one of the students.

Another added, “If we are to have a boarding school life will be easier to most children, why? Because most of the children who are coming to this school are from very far areas, the facility will lessen the distance travelled, which is good.”

Zvishavane-Runde legislator Honourable Freddy Moyo spoke on the importance of upgrading rural schools.

“We sat down with the minister and talked about the need for and importance of having a boarding school here. In Zvishavane, we have only one boarding school, which is Dadaya and you can imagine. So we have agreed to start mobilising resources for the construction of the blocks, and we have set the date of commencement to be this year or latest January,” he said.

Speaking during the handover of the Presidential ICT gadgets, Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Owen Ncube said government remains committed to ensuring high-quality education.

“We have done a lot in the education sector through the 5.0 model. We are building labs and giving computers to schools across the country, especially the marginalised communities. We are rolling out various projects and programmes that are meant to change the quality of education,” he said.

Experts contend high-quality facilities and better instructions improve learner outcomes and reduce school dropout rates, among other benefits.

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