There is confusion on the number of school children who lost their lives due to Cyclone Idai with several conflicting reports.
It is thought that 39 children could have perished at Dzingire Primary School in Chimanimani.
Deputy Minister for Information, Energy Mutodi on Friday confirmed receiving reports of missing children from Dzingire Primary School but referred questions to Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), which is conducting the search operation.
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The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general Raymond Majongwe said the number of children could be higher than the 39 reported. Said Majongwe:
We have lost a lot as we gather that many more children are missing with reports we are getting from our teams suggesting that around 19 teachers and more than 100 children are missing.
Some of them could be alive because we are told some of them may have run into the mountains to escape the floods and lost their way back. There has been so much devastation on the education sector and children and teachers are in need of psycho-social support.
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