Friday, October 2, 2009

Zimbabwe: Army schools ill equipped

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) schools in the country, are suffering from dilapidate infrastructure and a severe equipment shortage, it has been learnt.

The ZNA schools welfare Trust Board will visit eight of the 17 ZNA schools, 12 secondary and five primary schools, countrywide to assess their condition and come up with ways of improving service delivery.

Former Minister of Information and Publicity, who is the board's chairperson, Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, was told during the tour of one of the schools in Bulawayo, Induna High School, that most of the equipment at the school was outdated.

"The science lab is outdated. The computer laboratory has only seven computers but we need at least 100, and internet access," the science department told Dr Ndlovu.

The Library employees complained that there was no reading room and the facility was seriously under-stocked, while the whole school had inadequate furniture.

Ndlovu said that was the general picture in the other schools that they had visited. He said plans were underway to address the issue.

"We are in the process of engaging the corporate world and donors like UNICEF to solve most of the problems facing the schools," he said.

He applauded the teachers at the army schools for not engaging in industrial action even when conditions were tough.

"When other teachers went on strike screaming for more money, the army teachers were appealing for more chalk. We are working hard to reward them for their dedication and perseverance," he said.

Paul Ndlovu

Source: The Zimbabwean (30/09/2009)

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