By Gay Matambo
GOVERNMENTS’ free sanitary wear programme is gaining momentum in Zaka district of Masvingo province, with most schools in the area having received their consignments of the disposable and reusable sanitary wear for disadvantaged female learners.
It emerged during a recent assessment visit of the programme at Mutonhori and Mazungunye secondary schools in Zaka district by the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education that most young girls who did not have access to sanitary wear would miss school for a few days every month, losing out on valuable learning.
However, governments’ free sanitary wear programme is making life easy for most disadvantaged girls in the area with most of the school headmasters in the district acknowledging that they received consignments of free sanitary wear from government.
“We received 72×10 washable pads and 48 by 10 disposable pads for our children this term,” said one headmaster.
“I’m from Jinjika Secondary school. So far, we have received 1 200 washable pads and we have received 5 packets of disposable. We gave those to the responsible people who are the health masters to give to the learners,” said a head from Jinjika.
“Our government values the health of children. At Mutonhori High School we got 1 700 washable sanitary pads. Last term we received another consignment again of 1 500. We thank government for this programme,” he said.
Issues to do with infrastructure and information communication technology development in rural schools were also high on the agenda during the portfolio committee on primary and secondary education’s visit to schools in Zaka.
“Another issue we have been assessing is on the construction and refurbishment of schools. The other issue that we have been checking is the provision of ICT in schools and we have seen that there is a huge gap. Most of the rural schools are finding it difficult to teach ICT since they do not have computers and electricity,” said Honourable Ophius Murambiwa, the Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education.
The portfolio committee is expected to visit other rural schools in all the country’s 10 provinces.