Most of St Charles Lwanga High School pupils are facing many hardships as schools are reopening next week Tuesday.
After their school was destroyed by cyclone Idai, most of the students are yet to be admitted in new schools. There are fears that even those who were admitted will fail to properly adjust to new environments.
Mr Farirai Masekesa, a representative of some of the parents, told The Sunday Mail that some parents felt it would have been ideal to have the affected pupils in one school. He said:
In going to a new school, there are hidden costs that parents and guardians feel they will not be able to afford – buying new uniforms, blankets and stationery, especially taking into cognisance the current state of the economy . . .
For the Form Fours, we feel there should be continuity as some schools do not offer the same subjects, and also the issue of practical subjects like agriculture and computers – all those things have to be considered.
Some parents claim that the Catholic Diocese of Mutare had failed to play its part in assisting pupils after the cyclone. They also appealed to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to assist with uniforms, textbooks and exercise books.
School authorities, however, believe that counselling sessions which are already underway will assist students to adjust and move on.
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