School Block Gets Roofing 24 Years After Construction

By Sydney Gokomere

Zvishavane, October 17, 2016 – A school block at a Zvishavane secondary school will finally be roofed, 24 years after construction was abandoned due to financial problems, thanks to a donation by a local company.

The science laboratory at Chachitsa secondary school under Chief Masunda in the Midlands area was constructed up to roof level in 1992 but the project stalled after funds ran out.

However, a local property company, Mornief Investment Private limited Land Developers has since donated $1 500 that will see construction resume.

The construction of the school lab comes at a time government has rolled out its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects programme which aims to improve the take up of science subjects among secondary school pupils.

Mornief director and former student at the school, Rufaro Nyoni said the donation was motivated by the company’s wish to see technology spreading to rural communities.

“When students at rural schools take up science subjects, we begin to see the proliferation of technology and empowerment of such communities,” Nyoni said at a prize giving ceremony last week.

Under STEM, government, through its Zimbabwe Development Fund (ZIMDEF) will meet tuition, levies and boarding fees for all fifth form students enrolling for a subject combination of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

As at March 11 this year, figures released by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development show that 3 404 students have benefitted through the STEM initiative across the country’s 10 provinces.