Meanwhile at the Secondary school…

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.

Some of the Pakati Secondary school students during break time today

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.

Break time today…with the hill Ngomamowa in the background to the left

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.

Mrs Pundura, Mrs Munatswa, Mr Chifaka and Mr Chizenya in 2018

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.

Murewa centre last week

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.

Author:

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 spent the last 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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