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    Students leave as Ndarama fails to get A Level science teachers




    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO- Ndarama High which introduced A Level science subjects this year runs the risk of closing the classes as the school has gone for five months without a single science teacher.
    The future of the project is already bleak as the 70 Form 5 science students who enrolled with the school in March are leaving and transferring to other schools.
    Ndarama which recently won the Secretary's Merit Award and has been among the top five O and A Level schools in the province (based on external results) has just completed construction of state of the art Chemistry, Biology and Physics laboratories.
    A parent who came into The Mirror newsroom and spoke on condition of anonymity said children were bound to fail their A level exam next year. 
    The teachers are recruited and employed through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and persistent requests by the SDC chairman Ray Muzenda for deployment of teachers have yielded nothing.
    The school head Shirley Makausi declined to comment on the matter.
    Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga acknowledged the problem and said it would be addressed soon.
    "We are going to have teachers in the shortest possible time. It is a new learning area that they introduced this year and because of the countrywide shortage of science teachers the issue could not be quickly addressed because the teachers at the school are not qualified to teach A Level science subjects," said Chitiga.
    He said the situation of science teachers in the country is dire.
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