Pakati Primary exam time + Other news

With my thanks to Pakati Primary Head Teacher Mr Mahachi, I can report on the Grade 7 exams being undertaken by students.

The reults from these will give the Secondary schools a good idea of the abilities of the students as they arrive into Form 1 in January. The vast majority of those currently sitting their Grade 7 exams at Pakati will go into Form 1 at the nearby Pakati Secondary school.

The students completed their exams for the day, then were allowed to relax before being allowed out & dismissed to go home.

Some of the students, mostly those who live close to or at the school, stayed around to help the teachers who had been invigilating the exams.

Mr Mahachi tells me that schools are due to close on 17th December, before re-opening on 4th January 2022.

Other news

In the same area, Mapanga Primary school have reported further problems…Head teacher Mrs Maenzanise tells me the following story:

“Our school assembly roof was blown off by a strong wind last Tuesday afternoon”

Pakati Secondary school is also reporting a problem – something similar to Mapanga’s woes seen here earlier this year – https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/06/the-plight-of-mapanga-primary-school-not-far-from-pakati/ This from Head Mr Chifaka yesterday:

“Hi Chris.On a sad note, our transformer went up in smoke yesterday, it’s no longer functional. I notified ZESA but they haven’t responded yet. We are busy roasting meats that were in fridges!🤣”

More on this to come soon.

One of the members of the recently-formed Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities, the Zoe Counselling Training Centre Trust, have offered to invite the next group of Prefects at both Pakati schools for some training early in the New Year:

“Hi Chris. I hope I find you well. As Zoe Counselling and Training Centre Trust we may want to offer joint prefects training and team building for Pakati Schools. So is it possible to help the schools raise a budget for 2 nights and 3 day Training away from the schools. It is our mandate to impart assertiveness and confidence in our pupils, and we want them to have an exposure which help them even when the go to colleges and universities. We wont charge for our own services but admin expenses only.”

I have put them in touch with the Heads of the two schools so it can be organised if possible. Costs may be an issue, but Friends of Pakati might be able to help in some way. More on this in future posts.

Latest news

The Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities had one of its Zimbabwe-based organisations, our partner VaTonatsa Foundation, running an event for PVOs & NGOs both in person and via Zoom. An bonus blog will be released when we have the full details from Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa.

Finally..

Debbie Chadbon, former teacher at Pakati Secindary & key supporter of Friends of Pakati, has bought some more merchandise – just posted out Saturday!

Let us know if you want any merchandise yourself – email friendsofpakati@gmail.com

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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