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Parents accuse Chipinge Primary head, SDC of abusing funds 

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Parents accuse Chipinge Primary head, SDC of abusing funds 

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MIRROR REPORTER 

MASVINGO – Parents at Chipinge Primary School have accused the School Development Committee (SDC) and headmaster David Chinerere of having misplaced priorities and abusing funds.

The disgruntled parents said they have been paying a US$35 general levy that was channeled towards the construction of Early Childhood Development (ECD) classroom blocks since 2018 but pupils are still learning in cabins. They also alleged that boys in the boarding facility are sharing one toilet. 

SDC chairperson Netsai Chigoro refused to comment when contacted by The Mirror, “I am sorry I cannot give you a comment,” she said before hanging up.

Chinerere was not picking up calls when contacted for a comment.

The parents said they have also been paying a US$50 solar levy for the boarding since 2022 to upgrade the solar and geyser systems but students are allegedly still bathing cold water even in winter.

“How is such a big school still putting pupils in cabins during the rainy season? This is not a conducive learning environment. The head and the SDC have misplaced priorities. We appreciate that two ECD classrooms have been constructed but again they don’t have floors. Most of the pupils are still learning in leaking cabins.

“The school doesn’t have viable income generating projects to sustain operations and is buying chickens and vegetables from other schools because the garden has been run down,” said the disgruntled parents.

Chipinge Primary School is a former A school and used to be for whites only before independence. 

Teachers at the school who spoke to The Mirror on condition of anonymity said there has been a huge staff turnover owing to special treatment that some teachers are getting.

“Weekend lessons are not being distributed equally among the teachers. Some have classes every weekend while others only come once or twice a month. This has led to high teacher turnover in the past few years,” said another teacher.

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