MASVINGO – Award winning school administrator and educationist, Shirley Makausi will in January 2022 head Masvingo City’s newest private school.
Junior High School is taking shape at 30588 Lundi Drive in the leafy suburb of Rhodhene and construction work will be completed by the beginning of next year, Noah Marima the director of the school has told The Mirror.
The school will run from Form 1 to Form 6 but the first intake next year will not have Form 4 and Form 6 classes. The total enrolment will be 240 and there will be both day and boarding facilities.
Pupils will be doing Cambridge examinations and the full line-up of teachers will be given before the end of the year.
Makausi is undoubtedly one of the best school heads to emerge out of Masvingo after winning the Education Secretary’s Merit Award on different occasions. She transformed Ndarama, a bottom end rag-tag institution and turned it into the most sought after high school in Masvingo.
Ndarama became the best urban secondary school for five consecutive years in terms of academic results when Makausi was at the helm.
Marima said he was inspired to build the school after noticing the scarcity of secondary school places in the city. He said that pupils from Zimre Park and Rhodhene are walking 4km to the nearest school.
The fees structure of the school will not be too way off that of public schools, said Marima.
He said that the kind of learning and training that pupils will get from Junior High is one where they will be turned into achievers in life.
“Our motto is; After receiving our education we will go out and do great things (Moniti Meliora Sequamur),
Marima is the managing director of Junior Driving School and he is also into security, microfinance, construction and mining.
“I want to tell the public that Junior High School is not entering the education sector just to make numbers. We are going to offer the best. Quality results should be expected as we have recruited tried and tested teachers from Masvingo and beyond,” said Marima.