Heavy rains destroy school

Ndlovu Secondary School in Hwange suffered massive losses after heavy storms damaged infrastructure at the school.

Authorities at the school who could not be named for professional reasons told this publication that the most affected were the students as hordes of learning materials were lost during the storm.

School furniture and a Jojo tank supplying water to the school were also extensively damaged.

Morgen Gazza Dube, the Ndlovu Old Students Association advisor, narrated the sad encounter to this publication.

“The actual damage happened on Monday at around 6:30 pm. We had ten teachers’ cottages, an admin block and ten classroom blocks being blown away as a result. The admin block lost many sheets. As for classrooms, they were losing at least two sheets.

“Notably these sheets are as old as 1982 when this school was built, so ever since they have never been replaced. So probably that could be a contributing factor,” Dube said.

“As a result, in terms of help, we are requesting for the sheets, furniture, textbooks, files in the admin need to be replaced. A few window panes and the Jojo tank need replacement. Also, the school fence was damaged as well as the cottage fence was also extensively damaged.”

Dube, however, appealed for help on behalf of the school which is situated in Hwange rural district under Chief Mvuthu in Matabeleland North province.

“We are appealing to the whole world to come and help us. The situation is very bad, the children are the most affected in this whole dilemma. As it stands all the classrooms and cottages are not usable, so this is the dilemma we are having at Ndlovu secondary school.”

Dube also said the damage has also affected the ongoing examinations.

“Exam for Heritage and Agriculture will be conducted in one Form One Classroom which lost only one sheet. Agriculture written today (Wednesday) and luckily it has a few candidates with only 18,” he said.

He said those who wanted to assist should contact Cocarly Sibanda who is the Ndlovu Old Students Association Chairman on 0774953871 and Ndlovu secondary school head Mr Ncube on 0772487453

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