September 10: Schools return across Zimbabwe

Students at Pakati Secondary school

Today schools all across Zimbabwe have returned following their winter break. This 3rd term is the most important one for many students in both Primary and Secondary schools – Grade 7 (Primary), ZJC (Form 2, Secondary) and GCSE/O level (Form 4, Secondary) – as exams are held in October & November.

Students at Pakati Primary school

At Pakati, the Secondary school also hosts exams for its sister school, Chanetsa. They dont yet have the facilities there as Chanetsa has not been open very long.

Conditions are not ideal at Pakati…

It is a testament to both the dedication of staff and hard work of the students that those students can succeed under the most difficult of conditions. What could they achieve with better facilities?


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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