This week I have had contact with Pakati Secondary school. According to the Head, Mr Chifaka, he spent the first week back enrolling new students into Form 1, along with welcoming all returning students.
The classes have resumed for returning students, although economic problems have made the situation difficult for many, particularly in the rural areas which have been hit by drought, thus affecting their crops and income. The school has had to raise its fees, so fewer students are likely to enrol.
I am hearing of staffing issues at the school, as one of the teachers has not returned from the Summer break. However, lessons are proceeding as normal in most subjects, apart from those without teachers.
Last week the Deputy Head Mrs Pindura went to Murewa to buy supplies of stationery for the teachers – chalks, pens, notebooks and covers – while they wait to see what funds they have for text books from school fees raised.
i understand from the staff that the athletics competitions for this year are beginning soon, with the Zonal competition first on 31st Janaury. Sports training afternoons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pakati Secondary.
Much more to come in the following weeks from both Primaty and Secondary schools, showing everyday life at both, including lessons, break-times and sports. Pictures and full reports from all competitions. Hoping to get some more personal stories from teachers and students at both schools too.