Pakati Primary school – Grade 7 students returned recently

These pictures were sent a couple of weeks ago, but due to a mix up, I only recovered them recently. They show Pakati Primary school as they prepared to welcome back their Grade 7 exam students. Thanks go to Mr Mahachi (school Head) and his staff for the pictures and information.

Pakati Primary school Grade 7 students, lining up to enter the school under the new rules.

As the Primary school students arrive, they see the key messages about how to combat Corona Virus in a school setting – regular handwashing & sanitising, wearing of masks, and keeping socially distanced

Pakati Primary staff ready to welcome their Grade 7 students back, in preparation for their final year exams.

The students are marked off as they arrive, to ensure social distance guidelines are safely followed.

Not long ago, we saw how Pakati Secondary school students were being told about their new rules – see the recent post for more details.

Before going into class, the Primary students are reminded of the key safety messages, just like their older counterparts at the Secondary school shown in the picture before.

The staff have been preparing for this eventuality for some time, and are keen to help their students once more.

Back in the classroom! It has been a long time, and things look very different, but it is still good to be back.

The two pictures above show the contast between past and present…

Grade 7 students have been working hard at school, and also at home using the booklets provided by and VaTonatsa Foundation – see this earlier post about them

The students have been able to use some new chairs, recently donated…the full story behind this will be published in the near future.


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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