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    Parents up in arms as pupils clean toilets at Zimuto High


    – Parents of pupils at Zimuto High are angry that authorities are using their children to clean toilets.
    An anonymous letter from a parent alleged that the pupils were cleaning the toilets without protective clothing like gloves and overalls.
    The letter also alleged that school grounds are maintained by pupils on punishment.
    Contacted for comment, the head of the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe-run school, Edson Chihanga said he was aware of the matter and it was being dealt with by the School Development Committee (SDC).
    He, however, refused to comment further and referred all questions to the Church's education secretary Samson Muzirika Shava.
    "I cannot comment on the issue since it is being handled by the SDC committee. I can refer you to RCZ education secretary Shava," said Chihanga.
     Shava however, said that he had not yet received complaints from the parents.
    He said the procedure is that parents would take their complaints to the school or to the church head office.
    The Provincial Education Director, Zedias Chitiga said he would make investigations and then comment.
    The parent who wrote a letter to The Mirror said it was unfair for the school to use pupils for cleaning toilets and maintaining grounds.
    He said the pupils were likely to be affected if there was an outbreak of water-borne diseases particularly if they are not using protective clothing.
    "There are reports that students at the school are the ones who do duties to clean toilets without protective clothing like gloves etc.
    "There are chances that one day there will be an outbreak and a good number of students will be affected. Even the grounds are maintained by students on punishment. It's not fair.
    "They should hire grounds men once a term and pay them," read the letter. The matter should be discussed between teachers and parents but I haven't received any complaints," said Shava.
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