Ministry sends investigators to Helen McGhie


MASVINGO – The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education through its district offices has sent a team of investigators to look into issues of alleged bad governance bedeviling Hellen McGhie Primary School in Masvingo.

Masvingo District Schools Inspector (DSI) Ishmael Chigaba confirmed the development in a telephone interview with The Mirror but declined to comment further.

The investigators started their work this week on Tuesday following a 14-point petition sent to the acting Provincial Education Director (PED) Shylatte Mhike by parents at the school on April 28 2021.

The Mirror tried to get a comment from Mhike who referred the reporter back to Chigaba.  Efforts to get a comment from the head Sheila Deve were futile as she referred the newspaper to Chigaba.

“A team of inspectors is looking into issues raised by parents through a petition submitted to my office. The fact-finding investigation began yesterday but you have to contact the PED for a comment,” said Chigaba.

In the petition, parents accused Deve and the School Development Committee (SDC) chairman Tinashe Mutema of trying to rig SDC elections by holding them midweek thereby excluding the majority from participating because it will be a school day.

Deve has since reversed the arrangement and apologised to the parents.

The parents also complained against lack of transparency, conflict of interest as some SDC executive members are allegedly getting tenders from the school. They also accused the head of initiating projects and getting loans from the Bank without the consent of parents.

Parents complained against school fees that was increased by 75% to RTGS$7 010. After the increase the head reduced the schooling days for all pupils to two per week.

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