A committee elected by Newtown residents in Kwekwe to run operations of the city’s oldest nursery school has taken the fight to save the school from closure by council.
The local authority recently passed a resolution which would see the school being closed to pave way for the expansion of an adjacent clinic where they intend to add a maternity wing.
The move has been met with resistance within council and from residents who argue the local authority should not sabotage the 50-plus infants who access early learning from the centre every year.
Kwekwe Nursery committee chairman PhilIp Boka said council should not close the 50-year-old nursery school without consulting residents.
“We are going to resist the ill-informed move to try and deny children education by the local authority,” Boka said.
“The nursery school belongs to the community, so does the clinic.”
The school also challenged mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa to spare the nursery.
“Kwekwe Nursery school is not council-owned it is a community school. The school is run by a yearly elected parent committee, who also happen to be ratepayers of Kwekwe,” reads part of the statement.
Tobaiwa has maintained a lease agreement between the community and council had expired and would not be renewed to allow the local authority to expand the clinic.