Back to school! – Exam classes return

Grade 7 students at Pakati Primary school being welcomed back in a covid-safe way

Great news for students at the five schools in Ward 14 of Murewa District – Pakati Primary and Secondary, Chanetsa Primary and Secondary, plus Mapanga Primary schools – all five have reported that their exam class students have returned. Numbers are down, but it is expected more will attend once the schools fully re-open next week on 22nd March.

Below we bring the latest news from the schools, and recent photos where they have been provided. Thanks to all those who sent in photos and information.

Pakati Primary school – Grade 7 girls in class. Social distance has been maintained and they are all masked up

Pakati Primary school reports their Grade 7 students are now back in school, and Head Teacher Mr Mahachi is actively encouraging them to be covid-safe at all times.

Local community support is always welcome, and Pakati Primary is fortunate in that respect.

Mr Chihumbiri a local parent helping in cleaning the school, also masked up

Pakati Secondary school reports that three quarters of their Form 4 Learners have returned this week, certainly expecting more to come next week. I am awaiting further information ftom them.

Mapanga Primary school is having some problems with electricity supply right now, but Head Teacher Mrs Maenzanise reports 39 learners have been attending since Monday.

Grade 7 students at Mapanga Primary school

Chanetsa Secondary school Head Teacher Mr Mawedze reports that 12 of their 26 Form 4 students have returned so far, but expects more will come next week. They are a satelite of Pakati Secondary school, with 142 students in total. They have one completed classroom block, and one unfinished block. They have a store room which is being used for keeping important school equipment – see photos below.

Chanetsa Primary school has welcomed Grade 7 learners back into class. I am awaiting further reporrs from them.

We hope to give further updates and photos from all five schools after they fully re-open next week.

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Thank you.

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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