RURAL Libraries and Resources Development Programme (RLRDP) secretary-general Obadiah Moyo has called on rural communities to support the teaching of mathematics and science at schools in order to enhance enrolment into higher learning institutions.
BY NDUDUZO TSHUMA
Speaking at a prize-giving day at Sikhobokhobo Primary School in Nkayi where he was the guest of honour last Friday, Moyo said the intake of rural students at science and technology institutions was insignificant as there was no emphasis on the subjects.
He urged parents to interest their children in studying mathematics, technical and science subjects at an early age.
Moyo said the social and economic development of rural areas lay in the advancement of relevant human resources, capable of turning the fortunes of rural economies for the benefit of its citizens.
“Rural communities are home to massive natural resources whose benefit is yet to be realised by its own citizens,” Moyo said.
“The study of relevant subjects such as sciences, mathematics and appropriate technical subjects is one way of addressing the lack of human resource base in the rural areas.”
RLRDP supports Sikhobokhobo and three other primary schools Mdengelele, Somlomo and Makhwatheni as well as Mdengelele Secondary School with library services.
The four schools share a donkey-drawn mobile library service that circulates books within their cluster. Speaking at the same event, Chief Sikhobokhobo encouraged villagers to take education seriously as it was the only weapon that could remove ignorance and advance development in his area.
He challenged parents to invest in education and ensure that school fees and other school requirements were provided for every child as a matter of right.
Sikhobokhobo Primary headmaster Gwaza Ncube said the school had 106 orphans and needy children who required assistance from government and other well-wishers.
He paid tribute to RLRDP for introducing library services at the school as this had contributed to improvements in reading and numeracy levels among pupils.
Ncube said the the library service was also open to other community members, especially school leavers.