New private school opens in Chipinge

Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

CHIPINGE – Want a 1:20 teacher child ratio for your child?

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the school.

Situated at number 145 Ferreira Street in Chipinge CBD, Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the new kid on the block. It is a private boarding school run professionally and on Christian principles

Apart from a good teacher child ratio, the other advantages for enrolling a child with Perpetual Help is that it is located in town, it offers quality learning  and it  accommodates every child despite his or her background

Perpetual Help was started this year by Sinikiwe Tina Chirwa, well known as ‘Gogo Chikisa’.The school is renting Chikisa Complex after Chirwa got a  licence  in September this year.

Running under the logo Excellent and innovation, the school opened its doors on September 6 this year and offers classes from Early Childhood Development (ECD) to Grade 7 although currently it runs to Grade 6. Quite unique to most new schools, Perpetual Help got an enrolment of 104 pupils in its first year.

It now has eight teachers and pupil registration for 2022 is currently underway and the deadline is December 20.

“Of the 104 students four are boarders and 100 are day scholars. Play group has 33 children, ECD A and ECD B have 20 and 18 children respectively.

“The school does not yet have Grade 4, 5 and 7.

“However, Grade 2 has eight children, Grade 3 has six and Grade 6 has three children,” said Chirwa.

Next year the school is expecting to increase its enrollment from 104 to  250.

Chirwa told Chipinge Times that she started the school because she has a strong passion for education.

Chirwa  holds a diploma in Travel and Tourism.  Born in Chivhu, she worked as a banker in Malawi for three years  and Standard Chartered bank in Zimbabwe before she decided to run her own school.

“We aim to instill Christian values in our children. We are open to all denominations other than Catholics. We encourage our teachers to love the children and we value them so much,” said Chirwa.

The school’s mission statement is; To empower the community we serve with knowledge and skills. Creating opportunities for both staff and learners. Giving meaning to life by building responsible citizens.

“Our target is a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:20. We accommodate and accept every child regardless of their backgrounds,” said the school’s vice Principal Beatrice Mahala.

The school fees is reasonable compared to other private schools.

“Our play group pay US$100. Tuition for ECD is US$150. Grade 1-6 pay tuition of US$220.The boarding fees for every student is US$220.

“We also offer three meals per day; breakfast, lunch and supper. We also give the play group and ECD pupils snacks at 3pm. “Breakfast is served between 10-1030am while lunch is at 12-1pm. After lunch, we continue with our lessons and children dismiss at 3pm.

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