MASVINGO — The Gaming and Lotteries Board has set aside
$10 000 as school fees for hundreds of underprivileged pupils drawn from the country’s four provinces.
By Tatenda Chitagu
Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti announced this yesterday as he handed over $2 500 donated to underprivileged pupils in the province.
“We got a letter from the Lotteries and Gaming Board informing us that it had put a facility where it will deduct a certain amount of money from all licence holders of casinos and that the money will be channelled towards school fees for needy pupils,” Bhasikiti said.
“They identified four provinces: Masvingo, Matabeleland, Mashonaland East and Manicaland. So we got our share from the money, which I am handing over to the provincial education director (PED) here present,” he said.
Bhasikiti said the money would cover school fees for 35 primary and secondary pupils for one term.
“We are grateful for the money as well as the idea as someone realised that they could help the needy out of leisure. It is really touching and this stirred us and we hope as a province to find ways to continue paying fees for these beneficiaries,” he said.
Masvingo PED Zedious Chitiga said many children in the province were dropping out of school due to lack of money, adding that the donation was timely.