Education

Minister frets over drug abuse in schools

BULAWAYO Provincial Affairs minister Judith Ncube has accused adults of lacing foodstuffs sold to pupils with drugs, which ended up affecting the children and interfering with their learning process. She challenged parents to closely monitor their children to ensure that they were not abusing drugs and to instil discipline. Speaking during the official opening of the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission’s ...

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Mnangagwa caps 2,844 ZOU graduands

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has capped 2 844 students from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). Speaking for the first time following his instalment as Chancellor of the university, President Mnangagwa said open distance learning is convenient and allows students to study away from campus. He said this mode of learning requires a high level of discipline, honesty, focus and good ethical ...

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National hero status requested for Makhurane

ZANU PF Matabeleland South province has requested national hero status for the late distinguished educationist and former National University of Science and Technology (Nust) vice-chancellor Phineas Makhurane. The academic died aged 79 on Saturday at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo. He was diabetic. “All I can say is that we have submitted our recommendation to the politburo for the national ...

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Min. Paul Mavima speaks on leaked ZIMSEC papers

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima has blasted rumours circulating on social media that certain ZIMSEC papers leaked and hence they will be a re-sitting of the same papers. Mavima called the rumours false and bogus. “There is a letter circulating on social media saying there are leaked  O leaked papers  for November 2018. This is completely ...

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Massive teachers’ demo over salary and bonus cuts

Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has announced that it is engaging in a series of industrial targeted at the minister of Finance to force them to respond to teachers’ concerns. In a statement released on Thursday ARTUZ said, “Today 100 % of the membership of Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ and thousands of teachers from other ...

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Cambridge O’Level English on the go

In the 20 odd years that I have been in the Zimbabwean education system and ten years spent in English remediation, I have identified a number of factors that cause students to fail their Cambridge O’ Level English. The most important of these being the complete ignorance by most, of the importance of the subject. This article will be dealing ...

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Teachers threaten strike

The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) has said its members will go on strike if they are not paid their salaries in US dollars this month. This is despite the country experiencing severe shortages of foreign currency which recently evoked memories of the hyperinflationary days of 2008 when panicking ordinary people engaged in panic buying at the supermarkets. Government has also ...

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School hostel gutted by fire

Pupils and some teachers at Mbuyazwe High School in Umguza district, just outside Bulawayo, “lost everything” after a fire gutted their hostel on Wednesday morning. The alarm was raised at around 7AM after smoke was seen bellowing out of the girls’ hostel and the Bulawayo Fire Brigade raced to the scene but nothing could be saved. The cause of the ...

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Zimsec refuses to release results of ‘exam cheats’

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has defended its decision to cancel the results of at least 16 “O” Level pupils from Nagle House School in Marondera, arguing that their answer scripts were too identical to rule out foul play. The response comes after the children’s parents approached the High Court challenging Zimsec’s decision to cancel the pupils’ results. “After ...

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Teachers to stage street protests in Harare

TEACHERS are this week planning industrial action and street demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction with President Mnangagwa’s government which they see as unresponsive to their affairs. According to NewZimbabwe.com, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general Raymond Majongwe said the government must vigorously address matters raised by their members. The union intends to stage a resounding march in ...

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