Chikomba – The Anglican Mission-run Daramombe High School in Chikomba District has won the 2018 Education Secretary’s Award, the most coveted school prize in the education sector.
The award which is annually given to the best school in a province was presented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Tumisang Thabela at a function held at the school on Tuesday.
Thabela described Daramombe in her citation as an all-rounder.
Also attending the function was the Anglican Bishop for Masvingo Diocese, Godfrey Taonezvi, District Schools Inspectors across Mash East and Mash East Provincial Education Director Anatoria Ncube and Chief Chivese.
Bishop Taonezvi expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for recognizing and honouring the school. The Mirror attended the function.
The school received $1.3 million from the Ministry as prize money while the head at the school in 2018, Annanias Manzonza received an apple Ipad. Manzonza is now a District Schools Inspector.
The citation said that the school was noted for its academic, cultural and sporting excellence. The school also espoused principles of a child friendly school under the New C inurriculum.
Daramombe achieved 90% pass rates for both O and A Level results in the last three years.
“We looked at a number of things before we gave this award to the school. For instance, academically; they have been performing very well, they are into production including hot-culture, piggery, cattle rearing, rabbit production and fishery, all for self-sustainability which is the main aim of the New Curriculum,” said Thabela.
The prize money is going to be used to enhance an environment that meets the demands of 21st Century learning facilities including the procurement of 4g tablets, laptops, overhead projectors and maintain smart classrooms.
Thabela told the function that Daramombe High worked hard to meet the demands of 21st Century education and fully implemented Continuous Assessment Learning which she said has an edge over Academic Assessment.
Daramombe is a boarding school with 811 students and 36 teachers. It was established by the Anglican Church in 1939 and has over the years been one of the best schools in Mashonaland East.
“I acknowledge Daramombe for fully implementing Continuous Assessment Learning, a competence based learning that empowers leaners with abilities that will enable them to perform exceptionally well wherever they go.
“Continuous Assessment Learning is meant to discover where the children are gifted in and develop their gifts unlike Academic Assessment which favours only those who have good ability to memorise.
“To enhance this high quality education, the school has Wi fi and a solar system, their Marimba band and other art and cultural activities, the school is also in the process of building a state of the art culture hut so our children will be rooted and grounded on who they are,” said Thabela.
“We are very grateful to you for honouring us. We appreciate this gesture very much. This made us very proud,” said Bishop Taonezvi.
The Permanant Secretary received two pigs, a male and a female from Bishop Taonezvi and the PED one pig.
Manzonza said he was on cloud nine after getting the honour.
Daramombe headmistress also expressed great appreciation for the prize and urged parents to pay school fees in time.