By Tamuka Charakupa
Four classroom blocks have been commissioned at Mutsvangwa Secondary School in Chimanimani East as government continues to improve the quality of education infrastructure across the country.
Government is walking the talk in ensuring the provision of quality education in rural schools with Mutsvangwa Secondary School in Manicaland province being the latest to benefit after four classroom blocks were commissioned this Friday.
Mr Munyaradzi Basopo, the Deputy Director in the Office of the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, said, “As a province we are very appreciative of the assistance we continue to receive from government and its companies. This school is along the borderline, but nonetheless, we are here to commission this development as the President always say that the Second Republic leaves no one and no place behind.”
“We want to extend our gratitude to NOIC for fulfilling the pledge it made to the President and the Mutsvangwa community. Several companies pledged but failed to come, but today we witness yet another milestone. We believe that if we empower our young ones, we have empowered the future,” said Honourable Joshua Sacco, Chimanimani East legislator.
State-owned NOIC board chairman Engineer Mackenzie Ncube said they responded to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for corporates to assist communities affected by the Cyclone Idai disaster of 2019.
“The Second Republic under the leadership of His Excellency, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa places great emphasis on education. The government takes education as an important empowerment tool that forms the basis of growth and development of our communities and ultimately, our nation. We believe it is our duty as corporate entities, particularly those owned by the Government, to assist wherever we can, with whatever contribution we can make, to capacitate these boys as they are the future of Zimbabwe,” he said.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Hon Zhemu Soda implored the other companies to emulate the gesture by NOIC and challenged students to take advantage of the improved learning environment to excel.
“It is our role as government to create an enabling environment by providing adequate infrastructure, learning facilities and adequate teaching staff with the ultimate aim of providing quality education and enabling the best performance out of our chidren. In turn, it is imperative for our children to conduct themselves with dignity, remain focused and desist from indulging in early sexual activities, early marriages, prostitution and drug abuse. These vices will impact negatively on school performances hence destroying the future destiny of our children,” he noted.
Manicaland province has witnessed a massive facelift with government spearheading the construction of various projects which include road infrastructure.