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    Long distance to school; Zvishavane pupils walking at night

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    Some pupils from Mazvihwa Secondary School in Zvishavane are perpetually walking at night to and from school because the distance is too long.
    Chief Mazvihwa said there are pupils whose homes are 16km from the nearest secondary school and these are waking up at 3am to get to school in time and arriving back home at 9am. It means pupils are walking 32km every day.
    Chief Mazvihwa told The Mirror that the situation creates a lot of life-threatening risks to the pupils.
    “There are dangerous wild animals in this area that move around at night including foxes and I am appealing to Government to act and establish another school before we lose life,” he said.
    Acting Zvishavane District Schools Inspector (DSI) Eusebia Zvinowanda also said the geographical locations of schools in some areas have resulted in the mushrooming of illegal bush hostels. Such hostels have in other parts of the country  been blamed for vice where pupils take to beer, smoking mbanje and girls get pregnant.
    “Some pupils are living in abandoned shelters near schools because of the long distances. Some end up taking drugs and some girls get pregnant,” she said.
    Tawanda Mutiwo a Form 3 student at Chinembeure Secondary School said he wakes up at 3 am to walk 16km to school with a Grade 1 brother at Murowa Primary.
    His appeal is for a bicycle to ride to school.
    “Each day I travel 32 km with my grade 1 brother, if I could get a bicycle it would make my life better because after travelling 16 km in the morning first 2 lectures I will be sleeping drunken with fatigue”, he said.
    Councillor for Murowa ward 18 Zvishavane Runde Rural District, Tawanda Muhwandirikwa said the issue of long distance travelled by students is a case which he is already dealing with.
    “I’m negotiating with organisations that may be willing to donate bicycles. The problem of walking long distances to schools is affecting our pass rate as children are tired and exhausted by the time they get to school. Some even have to cross Ngezi River from Runde so as to acquire education,” Muhwandirikwa.
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