Pupils at Harare’s Allan Wilson Boys High on Monday embarked on a demonstration in a bid to force the school head to be transferred.
The pupils accuse the headmaster of destroying the school and failing to maintain cordial relations with sports sponsors with some pulling out.
The Daily News reports that the school head sought for protection from anti-riot police who descended on the school in full gear.
Munashe Chabayanzara, one of the prefects and A’level student spoke to the Daily News. He said:
We are deeply aggrieved by the deplorable state of the school and the downturn of the standards that has become some sort of a routine.
We are not conducting enough Science practicals as stipulated by our Zimsec syllabus because there is the only lab which is shared by every student, even the Ordinary Level group of last year only had one practical which was a few days before their final exam practical.
This problem has been raised for some time but there has been no remarkable response by the administration.
Another student told the publication that the school’s facilities are now derelict. Said the student:
The school is in a dilapidated condition. We only have one main functioning Science lab to cater for the whole school with five having been turned into classrooms.
In addition to that, there are lots of exposed electric cables in base rooms and some are dangling on the electric poles within the school.
The school recently hiked schools fees from $750 to $1 800, a move that has also irked the students.
The school head refused to comment to the Daily News, while Primary and Secondary Education Ministry permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela could not be made to comment over the incident.
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Tumisang Thabela is a Zimbabwean educationist and the current Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, a position she has held since October 2018. She replaced Sylvia Utete-Masango Read More About Tumisang Thabela