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Chibuwe High which offers driving lessons, wins Secretary’s Award

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Chibuwe High which offers driving lessons, wins Secretary’s Award


Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

CHIPINGE – Chibuwe High School in Chipinge one of whose unique features is running a driving school which offers driving licenses to students has won the 2022 Secretary’s Merit Award.

Some 117 pupils obtained driver’s licenses while at school between 2019 and 2022. Fifty-one people from the surrounding communities also got licenses through Chibuwe High Driving School.

The school also has a Hotel and Catering group that provides a variety of dishes and imparts varied cooking skills to pupils and the community. It has media studies group that cover school events.

There was pomp and fanfare at Chibuwe on Friday when the head, Needmore Maposa received the Secretary’s Merit Award, the highest accolade that Government gives to schools from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Tumisang Thabela at the school on Friday.

The Award is conferred on schools that have delivered the highest standards of excellence in core and extra-curricular activities in a province.

The citation said Chibuwe which is 44 years old and has an enrolment of 2 030 students won the award for its child-friendly environment, consistent pass rate, the link between academic work with job creation, entrepreneurship, and the impartation of life skills in preparation for the pupils’ future.

“I am honoured to have this opportune moment to officiate at Chibuwe High School as you receive the highest accolade of achievement, the Secretary’s Merit Award. It is through your hard work, unity, and tireless effort that we all stand tall today celebrating with you the fulfilment of your vision.

“The Secretary’s Merit Award is a quality control and supervisory tool that recognizes Schools of Excellence as models that the rest of the schools in the country can emulate. It is through such recognition that we accord pupils, teachers, parents, and school administrators of excellence this prestigious coveted award,” said the Permanent Secretary.

Thabela said Chibuwe is a hub of innovation and skills development.

“The school is a hub of innovation, skills development, job creation, and entrepreneurship to compliment Government’s efforts to turn Zimbabwe into an upper middle-class society,” she said.

As part of the award the headmaster, Needmore Maposa got a tablet and a certificate of excellence, 40 tablets for pupils, a projector, an electronic interactive board, the teacher’s laptop and a plaque.

“We are delighted to be the winners of the Secretary’s Merit Award. This award came as a result of team spirit among all members of staff and our stakeholders who include parents, ministry officials from the district and the province,” said Maposa.

Chipinge District Schools Inspector Abson Mapfumo said it was an honour for the district to receive the prestigious award. One of the students, Tinotenda Mapipi developed an innovative motorised boat that rescued some Chimanimani residents who had been marooned by Cyclone Idai. A team of  pupils from the school competed in the Science and Innovation Exhibition after developing a robot that controlled vehicles in 2017

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