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    Roman Catholic opens school in Beitbridge



    PRINCESS SIBANDA
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE –
    The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Masvingo Diocese, Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera has officially opened St Mary's High, a new school in Beitbridge that is run by the church.
    St Mary's which is located in Low Density Suburb was established in 2010 and the school now has an enrolment of 628 students having started with 263 from form one to form four.
    The school now goes up to form four.
    Bishop Bhasera said St Mary's is one of the new Roman Catholic schools and urged parents and congregants to support the head and the school.
    Masvingo Diocese vicar general, Walter Nyatsanza told The Mirror that St Mary's was one of the projects the Church has planned for the southern region.
    "Education has to be taken also to the remote areas. For instance, we have succeeded in constructing St Mary's a secondary and St Joseph's a primary school in Beitbridge.
    "We are also still constructing Nandi primary and secondary schools.
    "There are five blocks under construction at Avunga Primary School and there is a plan to start a mission school there," said Nyatsanza.
    He also noted that the church is in negotiations for a second parish in Beitbridge since the town is growing.
    St Mary's High School Headmaster Augustine Zhou told the congregation gathered at the ceremony that he was happy with the progress by the school since 2010.
    "The school now enrolls 628 students and teachers have increased to 23 with 10 blocks of classrooms and administration built
    "We had our first 'O' Level examinations in 2012 where we had a pass rate of 32.5%; had 38.18 pass rate in 2013; 33.5% in 2014 and in 2015 where the highest record was 9 As.
    "I am also pleased to tell the congregation that we won the Secretary's Merit Award in 2013 and won the 2016 National African Book championship," he said.
    Apart from all the success, the school is looking forward to constructing a laboratory, library and accommodation for its staff.
    Present at the ceremony was Matonola Nare from the Provincial Education Department office, the District Administrator's office, Catholic and local school heads.
    The ceremony ended with Bishop Bhasera urging everyone to be in harmony with his/ her fellows, work together in helping our own.local news
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