GUTU- Nearly five months after a hailstorm destroyed two classrooms at Gono Primary School in Gutu South, pupils are still attending lessons in the open or not at all if the weather conditions are too harsh.
The blocks were blown away sometime in August and despite efforts by the school to engage the responsible authorities nothing has been done to repair the roofs causing pupils to learn under trees when it is too hot or not at all if it is raining.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director, Shylatte Mhike told this publication that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has put up a plan to restore infrastructure to affected schools as long as they have reported to the district offices in their areas.
“The Government has a rehabilitation plan put in place as a way of helping those schools affected by hailstorms and other weather patterns. I encourage affected schools to report to their district offices so that they can get help from the Ministry instead of rushing to the Press for help. I will do a follow up on the Gono School so that they can be helped but so far I do not have that name on my list of affected schools,” said Mhike.
Speaking in an interview with The Midweek Watch Gono Primary School head, Alfred Mawere appealed to well wishers to come to their rescue either in materials needed or monetary funds since they are desperate to repair the damaged roof which is negatively affecting learning.
“We are in a dire situation because our classrooms are not enough to cater for all our pupils as a result we are left with no option, but to cancel some lessons altogether or conduct lessons in the open, something which is very difficult considering the that we are in the rain season already.
“This has been going on for over four months now and the situation is no longer tenable and we calling upon well wishers and donors to come to our rescue as soon as possible because pupils are losing learning time.
“We have approached the district schools inspector’s office but still up to now there is no response,” said a distraught Mawere.
He said they need roof trusses, money to pay for the labour, nails, roofing sheets, cement and other materials used in the job.
Efforts to get in touch with Gutu District Schools Inspector (DSI), Ronald Muganhu were fruitless as his cellphone was unreachable until the time of publishing the story.
Gono Primary has an enrolment of 260 pupils and each class has an average of 30 learners.