Parents with children enrolled at Shamva Primary Schools last week stormed the school after their children were turned away on the pretext that there was no water.
The incident occurred on Wednesday last week following the decision by school authorities to cancel lessons with Shamva town experienced a water crisis.
One of the concerned parents who spoke to NewsDay identified as Givemore Muroyiwa had this to say:
We are not happy with the teachers here. How can they surely stop classes and turn back our children home on the pretext that there is no water in their homes, when, in fact, they get first preference on fetching water, which they misuse watering flowers?
We demand the opening of the school now since we paid fees. They have a hidden agenda, but it will not work.
The school headmaster, Edson Chure, said that they had to close the school after residents started denying teachers access to water. He said:
The problem now is these residents are now denying teachers access to water. At first, there was no problem because we got first preference access, but now tables have turned, hence we cannot work without such a basic need.
In a bid to deal with the water crisis, Ward 29 councillor, Gerald Nyakurerwa, said that he formed a committee to help negotiate with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to provide water for Shamwa residents.
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Shamva is a Town located in the Mazowe Valley, 80km NE of Harare, in Mashonaland Central Province. It is the terminus of the Mazowe Valley railway, and has a direct road link with Harare. The name is said to mean "friendliness". Another story is the... Read More About Shamva