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Thousands of teachers apply for free education


Ellen Mlambo - MPANDAWANA
– The Teacher Capacity Development Programme (TCDP) being introduced by Government to give free education to teachers at the five State Universities has been oversubscribed with thousands of teachers taking up the offer in Masvingo Province alone, the provincial education director Zedias Chitiga has said.
Although he could not say the exact figure, Chitiga told parents and civil servants gathered at the official opening of Better Schools Programme Zimbabwe new building at Mpandaw ana in Gutu last Friday that there was overwhelming response to the programme and thousands of teachers have applied to get the few places in the five universities to further their education.
 Selection of successful applicants will be done at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Schools head office in Harare and the overwhelming response is certainly going to present headaches as the places are limited.
The Ministry has introduced the TCDP as an incentive to teachers who are lowly paid because of the difficult economic situation that the country is facing. After the Ministry realised that it cannot pay teachers adequately in monetary terms, it explored ways of giving other incentives and one of them was to get them places in universities and the Government pay for their fees, said Professor Paul Mavhima who is the Deputy Minister in the Ministry and was the guest of honour at the official opening.
Two weeks ago the Ministry sent application forms for the programme to all schools in the province and the response had been overwhelming.
"As a Ministry we are always concerned by the low remuneration that our teachers are getting. This is a situation that is beyond us as it has been caused by sanctions. However, we have always been working on finding ways of incentivising and improving conditions of service for our teachers and one of the incentives that we have come up with is the TCDP that will give teachers life-long learning opportunities.
"Teachers choose a degree programme at one of the universities that we have arrangements with and the Government pays the full tuition. This is from a diploma, to a degree, to masters and to a doctorate. This is life-long learning and capacity development which is also a big incentive," said Prof Mavhima.
Prof Mavhima said the economy was bound to pick up soon and the monetary conditions will continue to be improved.
"Sir, the response that we have got for this programme is just overwhelming. We have hundreds of applications from each of the province's seven districts. I am currently attending to the applications and will soon be in a position to tell the exact figure," said Chitiga.
The Universities involved in the programme are the UZ which is offering degrees in education planning and post-graduate diplomas in education; Bindura University will offer Bsc Degrees in science; Midlands State University will be offering ICTs', GZU will specialise in languages and ZOU in curriculum development and research studies.education

Pamushana and zanu PF politics...


​A Pamushana High School bus  was on Tuesday this week used to transport Zanu PF supporters into Masvingo City where rowdy demonstrations were held against  Government Ministers Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Dzikamai Mavhaire. People who saw  the bus in the Zanu PF entourage accused the RCZ-run school of abusing school property in a way that exposed school children to danger as the bus can in future become a target for political violence. The priest-in-charge at  Pamushana, Rev Mernard Zvenyika recently committed suicide after bitter disagreements with the head, Johnson Madhuku over alleged bad governamce in the school. Above the Zanu PF supporters disembark from the bus to start the demonstrations. Pic Garikai Mafirakureva.local news



Tapiwa Muzondo - MASVINGO
- Zimbabwe Soccer Coaching Association (ZSCA) will be holding a coaching clinic at Victoria High School November from17 to 29, 2014 in a bid to groom local football coaches in the province.
The coaching clinic is meant for football coaches in Masvingo to improve their skills in the field of football according the coordinator, Cuthbert kwangware
"The reason we are doing the coaching is to uplift the football coaching skills especially teachers, but everyone is welcome to the clinic,
"The coaching lessons will be divided into two, level one is November, 17 to 22 and level two is November , 24 to 29,"said kwangware
 At the end of each level they are going to write a theory test and practicals and at the end of each level those who had passed they will be able to get certificates, says the coordinator.
He went on to say that one can complete level one and end there but one can go on. Next year we will launch the other two levels.
He added that they shall be an instructor from Harare, coaching instructor Gibson Homela who is former warriors coach and Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) technical director.sports

Dewure U15 proceed to National YES finals

Dewure under 15 soccer team
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Tapiwa Muzondo - MASVINGO
- Under 15 Dewure soccer team are through to the Youth, Education through Sport (YES) games, slated for November 22-23 2014 in Manicaland, after beating Victoria High in the penalty shoot out by 4-3 after the game ended in a stalemate, during the games played at Mucheke stadium last Saturday.
The teams drew nil all in regulation time leading to penalty shoot out. An  impressive Fortune Chinhanga between for sticks Dewure made two spectacular saves to book a place for his team in the national finals.
Dewure was aggressive from the first whistle as they virtually camped in Victoria High's half exchanging some clinical passes, as they tried to penerate a rock solid defence of Vic High.
The dominant Dewure failed to utilise their chances after the break when they were awarded three successive free kicks just outside the 18 yard box for infringements on their strikers.
 After regulation time the two teams went for a penalty shoot out with Dewure missing only one chance after Tinotenda Rande shot wide while two of Vic High's spot kicks were saved by an impressive Chinhanga.
Kelvin Tatutira, Edmond Ruwa, Mcggregor Mashingaidze all converted their spot kicks with Denzel Magira aka Alvis stepping forward to give the game's decider.
 "Its so impressing that the boys made it to the national finals. They have played well and we are happy to represent the province at national level ," said Dewure coach, Norman Denhere
"YES games include Sport, community projects and peer education," says Edgar Katapa Masvingo the provincial sports coordinator
In other disciplines, Masogwe queens from Mwenezi are representaive in netball and their counterparts Masogwe girls football and volleyball boys respectively.  Zaka queens will represent volleyball girls.
Furuko Secondary School walked away with a trophy and $200 cash although they faltered in other disciplines.
The event was graced by the Provincial Education Director (PED), Zedius Chitiga  who encouraged boys to also play netball, as they girls now also play soccer and other sports which are played by boys.sports

GZU to hold Annual Sports Awards Ceremony



Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association patron Professor Rungano Zvobgo.

Tapiwa Muzondo - MASVINGO –
The Great Zimbabwe University, one of the largest institute of higher learning in the country will hold its annual sports awards at the main campus in Masvingo on Friday (November, 21, 2014) this week.
Olivarth Guvuriro confirmed the event in an interview with The Mirror.
"The event is to celebrate the University's achievements in sports throughout the year.
"There are many awards to be given but the most outstanding ones are the sportsman of the year, sportswoman of the year, team of the year, paralympic sports woman of the year and Paralympics sports man of the year.
"The event has been carried out on an annual basis since 2010 but was skipped last year because of financial constraints. The main sponsor then was Truworths," said Guvuriro.
The guest of honour will be the vice chancellor who happens to be the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association patron Professor Rungano Zvobgo.sports

Charumbira donates trophy to Mucheke Social Soccer League




​George Charumbira sponsor,Daniel Machirika and Wilander Masiyandima.

Tapiwa Muzondo - MASVINGO
- George Charumbira, one of the sponsors for Mucheke Social Soccer league donated a trophy worth over $600 recently to the league.
The team that wins the league will get the trophy and some prize money, to be announced later on which Charumbira donated.
This was confirmed by Wilander Masiyandima the vice organising secretary for the social league.
  "The team that is going to win the league takes the cup and some money to be announced later," said Masiyandima
The 18 team social league was re-launched in July this year after it had defunct due to financial difficulties. The social league also involves itself in community work where it carried out a cleanup campaign at Mucheke Old People's Home recently.
The league has 18 teams and currently ZINWA is at summit of the log and they like More than 18 games has been played so far, ZINWA is the first in the league followed by Delta, then Magananda FC and Chivara FC is the forth.
 "The community have to know that we are there for them and we will try to assist where it is possible, to date we are planning on a cleanup exercise at Mucheke old people's home," said Masiyandima
The league is also appealing for sponsorship as it is relying on contributions from its members on weekly basis.
"Sometimes it is very difficult to fulfil fixtures because of lack of funds therefore we are asking to the corporate world and well-wishers to come to our aid in money or kind," said Masiyandima.sports

Family buys instruments for Sugar Sugar




Morris Bishi - CHIREDZI –
Taruvinga Manjokoto popularly known as Sugar Sugar in the music cycles who recently relocated to Chiredzi after landing on hard times on Thursday got a smile last week when his family bought him new instruments.
Family spokesperson Reason Dube handed over the instruments at Manyika Beerhall in Mkwasine.
He said things had turned bad for their brother Sugar Sugar and they sat down as Samaita family to find ways of bailing him out.
"At the meeting our brother Oversea Mupambiki, a businessman who runs a fleet of trucks and a farm decided to buy a new set of instruments for Sugar Sugar and today we are happy to handover the instruments to him" said Dube.
"The band still remains Samaita Express under Manjokoto`s leadership and currently it will be stationed in Chiredzi until things improve. The family will cater for his band`s welfare until his things normalize" Dube said.
Manjokoto said he was short of words but thanked the Samaita family for coming to his rescue. "My happiness is hundred percent and I promise the family that they will see changes especially on the way I was manage my band. I promise my fans that they will now get quality music from their musician." he said.
The family said it was not at liberty to disclose the amount they used to procure the instruments but investigations by The Mirror showed that a full set of musical instruments costs $10000.
  Oversea Mupambiki testing the new guitar, Reason Dube and Sugar Sugar at the handover of the instruments.entertainment
 

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