Rufaro High scoops first Secretary’s Merit Award
GUTU–The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe-run School Rufaro High is receiving its first Secretary’s Merit Award after being adjudged the best in Masvingo Province in 2020.
School head Jameson Shumbanhete confirmed the development to The Mirror.
The school in the Chatsworth area of Gutu was founded in 1987.
The permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Tumisang Thabela, will hand over the award on July 22, 2023.
The award was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged the world.
“I am delighted to be one of the history makers. It is an honour to be chosen out of around 400 secondary schools. It shows our hard work, dedication and teamwork. The award did not come on a silver platter. We give honour to the Almighty.
“We were awarded on several aspects, among them maintaining the pass rate for the past five years. Our pass rate has been improving. We have an enrolment of 609 students and 30 teachers,” said Shumbanhete.
The Secretary’s Merit Award is a quality control and supervisory tool that recognizes schools of excellence as models that others should learn from.
Shumbanhete said they managed to complete several outstanding projects as the construction of a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, library, science laboratory, modern hostels, Administration block and well-maintained grounds and a litter-free environment.
The school has also succeeded in sports and cultural activities, and several students received national awards.
A school that wins the prestigious award should have several income-generation projects which impart life skills to learners such as poultry, recycling and gardening.