By Providence Maraneli
WITH just a few days left before the opening of schools on Monday next week some learners in Insiza district of Matabeleland South Province are facing the prospect of learning in the open after school infrastructure was destroyed by tropical storm Ana.
Tropical Storm Ana might have come and gone but the destruction left behind has far reaching effects as several schools including Mbaulo, Denje, Lubuze, Avoca and Ntunte were destroyed by heavy winds and rains.
“We need help here at Mbaulo, books and everything was destroyed and with schools opening it is stressing us as SDC,” said Insiza South School Development Committee Chairperson, Mailos Mpofu.
“We need roofing material, furniture was destroyed and it is really bad,” said Ozias Ncube at Denje primary school.
The destruction was not only confined to schools, with bridges, roads and electricity transformers destroyed.
“We were sitting here and we saw a ball of fire at the transformer and this came after lightning struck and we were frightened. Business centres, clinic and schools no longer have water and electricity,” said Thabani Ncube, Councillor for Ward 7 in Insiza.
Resource mobilisation for the affected schools has already begun, starting with Avoca primary school.
“We got ZWL$1 million under devolution and we have spoken with council that we might use some of the funds to repair Mbaulo primary that had five classes taken away. But honestly we need help knowing that the schools are about to open. It’s a desperate situation that we are in,” said Honourable Spare Sithole, Insiza South Legislator.
Schools are set to open on Monday next week and all hands are on deck to ensure learning is not disrupted further after the COVID-19 setback.