AVONDALE Primary School yesterday received the prestigious Secretary’s Merit Award for Harare province after it was adjudged to have made tangible efforts to provide classrooms, libraries and e-learning opportunities to its pupils.
Feluna Nleya,Staff Reporter
Speaking at the official presentation of the award, secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Constance Chigwamba encouraged schools to acquire school buses for their learners to minimise accidents.
“We would want all schools to buy school buses to be used by their
students to avoid many accidents involving schoolchildren,” said Chigwamba.
“We are trying to avoid the many incidents which are involving children.”
Chigwamba said the Secretary’s Merit Award was intended to inspire various categories of teaching and learning institutions to continuously strive for excellence.
“The ministry developed a set of minimum functionality standards to guide the design of school development plans,” she said.
“Each school is considered for this coveted Secretary’s Merit Award on the basis of the improvements it has made on the stipulated aspects.”
Through the award, the ministry seeks to enhance a holistic curriculum which equips learners with relevant knowledge and robust skills for self-empowerment.
Other factors taken into consideration include curriculum pathway structure, science technology, engineering and mathematics, technical vocational education, e-teaching and e-learning, holistic sports and culture, learner welfare and sustainable environment management.