CHIVI – Executive Car Sales chief executive officer, Exevia Maoneke has donated Chubb doors for the construction of strong rooms at two schools in rural Chivi.
Maoneke who hails from Chivi made the donation over the weekend.
Security strong rooms are used to store Zimsec examination papers and are prerequisites for the establishment of writing centre by the board. A Chubb door costs around US$500.
Pupils at Domboshava and Chishavakadzi Secondary Schools in Ward 14 and 21 respectively were travelling over 10km to the nearest examination centre.
Maoneke was accompanied by Chivi Central MP, Ephraim Gwanongodza, prominent Chivi businessman, Stoneshed Chikambure and staff from Executive Car Sales.
“I was born and bred here so it pains me to know that pupils are walking long distances to write their Zimsec examinations.
“It is our responsibility to complement Government efforts and I will continue supporting developmental programs in Chivi,” said Maoneke.
Maoneke also pledged to facilitate the construction of the two strong rooms for the storage of exam papers.
The delegation visited Domboshava Secondary where pupils walk 18 km to and from Muzondo Secondary school where they write their exams.
Domboshava school head Tapiwa Mukoko said some pupils failed to write their exams last year as rivers were flooded.
“We appreciate the donation because our pupils have been facing problems as they had to travel long distances to the nearest examination centre. Last year a group of students failed to write their Shona paper because all rivers were flooded.
“We cannot raise money for the strong rooms because it is expensive. The school was established in 2010 and World Vision constructed two blocks and three houses for teachers,” said Mukoko.
Maoneke and Gwanongodza also toured Musvuurwa Irrigation Scheme in Ward 14 which is benefiting 200 households and pledged to assist in its rehabilitation.
Pupils at Chishavakadzi which has only three classroom blocks with an enrollment of 350 pupils were camping near Razo Secondary some 19km away during the exam period.
“ Pupils write their exams at Razo Secondary and have to camp near the school because it’s 19km away so that they can be at the centre in time for exams.
“Teen pregnancies increase in the exam period and having a writing centre here is a welcome development. We have six primary feeder schools but our infrastructure is dilapidated and teachers don’t want to stay here long due to the poor working conditions, “ said Chishavakadzi head, Mamhunga Usiwenyu.
The delegation also took time to educate headmen , teachers and other community leaders on Covid-19 protocols.
Most schools in rural areas are not registered with the Zimsec and the Ministry of Education and pupils walk long distances to write their exams.