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    Gutu High snatches all prizes in POTRAZ essay writing competitions


    Professor Ranga Zinyemba, Kenedy Dewera, Mirirai Mutanda, Julius Witmos Mutumbura, Andrew Chikwange and Samson Shava at the POTRAZ competitions.

    BRIAN CHINDIYA

    GUTU – Gutu High School has set a record in the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Young People's Letter Writing 2018 Competitions after sweeping all the three provincial prizes on the table.
    The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe-run school saw three of its students coming first, second and third in the competitions and leaving nothing for 800 students from many other schools in Masvingo Province who participated in the competitions.
    The awards were handed over to Laura Nenguwo, a Form 4 pupil who wrote the best letter in the province, Tadiwanashe Rufasha, a Form 2 student at the same school who wrote the second best letter and Fadzai Dondo, a Form 3 pupil who came third at a function held at the school on Friday last week.
    The three are now going to represent Masvingo Province at the national competitions to be held in Mutoko on October 9, 2018.
    As a result of these results the school walked away with 10 laptops, library material worth $600, shields and participation certificates for scooping from POTRAZ. 
    The prizes were handed over to Gutu High head and the winning pupils by POTRAZ director Kennedy Dewera.
    The theme of the competition was 'Imagine you are a letter travelling through time. What message do you wish to convey to your reader?
    Laura walked away with $300 cash, stationery hamper worth $50 and a certificate while her school was awarded text books worth $300, gold shied and a certificate.
    Tadiwanashe got $200 cash prize, stationery hamper worth $30 and a certificate while his school was awarded library material worth $200, silver shield and a certificate.
    Fadzai walked away with $100 cash prize, stationery hamper worth $20 and a certificate while her school was awarded text books worth $100, bronze shield and certificate.
    Gutu High head Mirirai Mutanda praised the winning kids for their creativity and said the achievement had put the school on the map.
    "As a school we are grateful for this rare achievement of scooping all the provincial prizes. We ought to maintain this. We are grateful to POTRAZ management for committing resources to this cause," said Mutanda.
    The school won the third prize award last year.
    Dewera said that his organisation was so impressed by the rare results achieved by Gutu that they decided to give a special prize to the school in the form of 10 laptops.
    "In most cases the prizes are won by pupils from different schools across the province but in this case Gutu High scooped the gold, silver and bronze prizes. This triggered us to add a special prize in the form of laptops hence we have handed over 10 laptops to the winning school," said Dewera.
    The letter writing competition, now in its 47th edition, is held annually to ensure schools produce literate pupils. POTRAZ partnered with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to sponsor these competitions.
    Dewera said the theme for the 2019, 48th edition is 'write a letter about your hero'.

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