Watch out for a new Saturday Star this weekend…

Two Pakati Secondary school staff from 1992
Mr Mandavala (Deputy Head) & Mr Veremu (Head)

The picture above was taken, and sent to me, by a fellow Maths Teacher (she also taught Science), who came to Pakati in August/September 1991. She has sent me a brief account of her time at Pakati, and I hope she will add more to the blog in the near future. This Saturday will see her story posted on the blog

I don’t remember Mr Mandavala as he must have joined the school after I left. I do remember Mr Veremu however…he joined in January 1991 as a newly qualified teacher. As he was the only other fully qualified teacher at the time, I decided to train him up to replace me as Acting Head after I left in September that year.

His family kindly invited me to his Graduation, and he moved with ease from graduate to teacher to Acting Head in 6 months. I learned he stayed for some years at Pakati, but I waas sad to learn he had passed away. He is well remembered by former staff & students alike


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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