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    Perm Secretary hands over Merit Award to Alheit High



    ALMA MUKUNGUMA

    MASVINGO – The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Schools, Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango has finally handed over the Permanent Secretary's Merit Award to Chingombe ll Alheit High at a function held at the school on Wednesday last week.
    The award which is the most acclaimed for any school in the country could not be given on an earlier date as announced because of unforeseen circumstances.
    For winning the accolade, Alheit received $5 000 cash plus a plaque in lieu of the Secretary's Bell.
    The presentation by Utete-Masango was made in the presence of the Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga, several District Schools' Inspectors, Chief Chimombe, captains of industry and representatives of teacher unions.
    This becomes the first time that Alheit has scooped the award in its 107-year history. Alheit was established in 1909 and became a secondary school in 1970.
    The award is given to the best secondary school in the Province and according to Dr Utete-Masango Alheit beat 336 secondary schools in the province to clinch the award. Masvingo has a total of 337 secondary schools.
    The grounds on which Alheit won the award were good governance, child friendliness, learner achievement, curricular innovation and compliance and non-formal education activities.
    Utete-Masango hailed the school head Bernard Tagutanazvo for his visionary and transformational leadership. She described him as one of those few people who make things happen.
    "Alheit has done it at last. This is a feat. People fall into three categories; the many who watch things happen, the overwhelming majority who have no clue of what happens and the people who make things happen.
    "Let me thank all those who have contributed to the success of this day including the school head, Tagutanazvo for his visionary and transformational leadership," said Utete-Masango.
    Utete also noted that Alheit's 'A' and 'O' level pass rates have been constantly improving from 2010 to 2014; the school introduced the e-learning service where students are now accessing any book from the internet as the school cannot buy each and every book.
    Alheit also excels in non-academic activities. The school never missed any National Association of Secondary School Heads(NASH) and Reformed Church organised games and has did well in the competitions.
    Alheit set up crop production and environmental management units. The school is able to produce enough eggs and chicken for its entire consumption and during holidays they sell eggs to the local community.
    The school has a viable cattle project. It is through the income generating project that they get money to fund the day to day running of the school and these projects have also helped to keep the school fees for boarders at as low as $350.
    Alheit headmaster Benard Tagutanazvo expressed his gratitude for winning a merit award.
    "I feel a sense of gratitude, honour and privilege on this momentous occasion marking the official handover of the prestigious award, I stand honoured on this day to receive this immeasurable award," said Tagutanazvo.
    The school head boy Simbarashe Banda and head girl Priscilla Pisirai said that they were excited to see their school on top of the province.education news
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