…262 schools yet to be registered
The Human Capital Development department with Masvingo Provincial Development Committee (PDC) has revealed that the province registered seven schools during the first quarter of the year 2023 with 90 percent of the 262 satellite schools in the province yet to be registered.
This was revealed by the committee chairperson Provincial Education Director Shylet Mhike Acting during a PDC meeting held at Civic Centre Hall in Masvingo on May 23, 2023.
“For the first quarter of 2023, we were only able to register seven schools all of which are private schools. We have 262 satellite schools of which 90percent do not meet registration requirements,” said Mhike.
Mhike also urged members of the PDC to engage parents in acquiring enough structures for the schools so as to qualify for the registration.
“We appeal to you to mobilize parents so that they can get enough structures so that we register these schools,” said Mhike.
Mhike also revealed that the department has failed to fulfill its school feeding programme as the ministry has not had grains required for it.
The department has also surpassed its targets in increasing the number of schools offering Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Grade 7 schools with the department enrolling 350 000 grade 7 learners surpassing the 300 000 target for the year.
Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira who chaired the meeting urged the committee to focus on important projects and ensure that projects are completed before embarking on new ones.
Government through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) last embarked on a crackdown of illegally operating schools mainly in urban areas with some being closed for offering lessons without proper or no registration.