Pakati Students return to school…plus some other news

Students across Zimbabwe have returned to school this week, following the example of exam classes as reported here recently https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/08/31/30th-august-exam-classes-return/ Thanks once more go to Mrs Muatswa for the photos & information.

Returning students gathering at the entrances to Pakati Secondary school this week

The staff welcomed them back to school at the various entrances, with teachers screening students on theiir arrival. Below are Mr Ediyeti (right) and Mr Chizenya carrying out the screening:

Back in class, students and staff alike were obviously glad to be back!

Good to see that the school was well prepared, with covid protovols in place including cleaning stations outside every classroom. At present, due to covid restrictions, there are no breaks, nor any after-school sports or other activities. It is hoped they will re-commence before too long.

Before the lessons restarted, staff gathered at the Administration Block for a meeting. They took the opportunity to have a photo or two taken…

Front row: Mr Chifaka (Head), Mr Ediyeti (Senior Master), Mrs Chingoriwo, Mrs Katonha, Ms Mwaashidzana, Mrs Munatswa
Back row: Mr Chizenya (Acting Deputy Head), Mr Magabadza, Mr Katonha,

….but I noticed not everyone I knew was there…

I have received some unexpected news this week…one of the staff I met on my (re)visit in 2018, Mrs Pindura, has been a frequent contributor to this blog, with photos, information and stories – I have just learned that she is being transferred to another school, as is another colleague, Mr Mapwere.

Left to right: Mrs Pindura, Mrs Munatswa, Mr Chifaka & Mr Chizenya, September 2018

On behalf of Friends of Pakati, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU! to Mrs Pindura for her assistance, and wish her the very best wherever she ends up working. I hope she will keep us updated on what happens, and reflect on her time at Pakati here on the blog.

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 have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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