2 pupils pass at Chiadzwa school


ONLY two pupils at Chiadzwa Primary School passed Grade Seven examinations last year, amid reports that mining companies in the area were not interested in funding educational programmes.

Report by Veneranda Langa

Melanie Chiponda, co-odinator of the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, last week told parliamentarians attending a mining workshop in Vumba that pupils from relocated families were walking unacceptably long distances to schools, resulting in high failure rates.

“There has been destruction of the education system due to mining activities to the extent that Chiadzwa had the lowest pass rates in the province last year,” Chiponda said.

“At Chiadzwa Primary School, there is a lot of drilling, digging and noise from machines, while children are in class and that situation is not good because last year it resulted in only two children at the school passing Grade Seven examinations,” she claimed.

Chiponda also bemoaned mushrooming illegal settlements at Tenda village.

“This village was formed during the time of the diamond rush and traditional leaders are not comfortable with that type of settlement. We do not know who is harbouring those people because mining companies and traditional leaders do not know who they are,” she said.


  1. Exactly why you need devolution. Gukurahundis only think of syphoning the diamonds for the development of Bambazonke Harare.

    Tomorrow they will be telling you do not qualify for this and that because you are not educated.

    Yilona iqiniso lelo!!!!!!

  2. Exactly why you need devolution. Gukurahundis only think of syphoning the diamonds for the development of Bambazonke Harare.

    Tomorrow they will be telling you, you do not qualify for this and that because you are not educated.

    Yilona iqiniso lelo!!!!!!

  3. Vana varikupengeswa nengoda mhani ava. They are not the only kids nationwide walking long distances to schools. There a plenty of kids including me when I when I was toddler are walking upto 15-20ks daily but still manage to pass with flying colours. The truth is vana vanotiza chikoro vachienda kungoda and seeing or having seen some common villagers making life ends meet (though in the short run) they no longer value education.
    You would be surprised kuti maticha acho anoswerawo arikungoda vana vasina anodzidzisa. These kids need motivation and role models for them to regain their belief in the value of education in their lives.

  4. offside on pumpkin. Can the minister teach or its the teachers duty. More importantly the pupils must have the ryt attitude to education.

  5. Besides education at chiadwa is affected, environmental degradation is taking its couse while the natural aquatic life has been endangered . Save river’s water is muddy from chiadzwa down the river to the sea. Mining activities are a cause to this disaster while the government is turning a eaf ear to the local inhebitants’s cry. Chinese everywhere . All of them without imigration papers. Aaaah ma1. This is another era of colonialisation.

  6. I feel pity 4 e pupils.Zimbabweans lets not be too quick to judge maybe these pupils never do panning and are willing to learn but it is e learning enviro which is not conducive.some of u may have walked many kilos 2 xool but u may have learned in quite sorroundings

  7. There is need for commitment both from the teachers and pupils otherwise money!money!money wil not produce any positive results.

  8. Had this been in Matebeleland, we would have been inundated with the usual tribalistic comments from the usual quarters – hehehe you should work hard; hehehe you are lazy; hehehe all you know is border jumping to eGoli, amunakudzidza etc etc!!

    • I appreciate that as Zimbabweans you take your time out to debate issues that affect our country. That is as it should be. Just like all the other services, education is suffering from years of neglect and economic collapse. There are no pills in hospitals, water pipes are rotting in our towns, garbage is left uncollected in towns and cities, roads are potholed. The list is endless. In our discussions we can lose sight of the fact that Zimbabwe lost an average of 70 000 teachers between 2000 and 2012. Among these were some of the best brains that could be found in the teaching profession. Although we always say kufa kwemujoni kamba haivharwi, the type yemujoni who replaces the one who leaves matters very much. Just like any other service sector in the Zimbabwean economy, education needs serious attention. The education system needs the right numbers of teachers with the right skills. Teachers should be well paid in order to motivate them. We cannot expect them to offer the best service when they are lowly paid. Commitment to duty is something that usually develops after all the other basic needs are satisfied. Infact commitment development is a form of self-actualisation at work, meaning that it is on the pinnacle of the hierarchy of needs. The problem of poor results is not a regional or provincial problem. It is not about Matebeleland, Masvingo or Manicaland. It is a national issue that needs the attention of all Zimbabweans. For a very long time, Zimbabweans have been trekking down to South Africa to look for employment. Many tended to be from southern provinces. It has all to do with geography and not the kind of people in those provinces. Let us focus the discussion and not trivialise the issue.

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