Dr Tizora cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the laboratories
GUTU – Senior principal director for academic affairs in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Dzapasi Innocent Tizora was at Dewure High School last week to officially open newly-refurbished sciences and computer laboratories.
The project, which began last year, saw the school renovating two of its existing blocks to create state-of-the-art laboratories in less than three months.
The science labs can accommodate 28 Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agriculture students while the computer lab has enough space for 40 students.
In his speech, Dr Tizora praised Dewure High for making enormous strides towards the full implementation of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) initiative.
"Despite the challenges that schools face in promoting the learning of science subjects, Dewure High School has demonstrated remarkable innovation. We are impressed with the quality of lab facilities that we have seen here.
"The school continues to build upon its success stories over the years and uses that as a ladder to step ahead into the future," Dr Tizora said.
The school received 40 desktop computers from Solomon Matsa, dust coats from the contractor WW2 and an anti-theft alarm system from Dr Tizora who also promised to install an air conditioning system for the labs.
Gutu District Schools Inspector (DSI) James Mahofa said the developments at Dewure High dovetailed with the Education ministry's drive for infrastructural development in schools.
"We have a new curriculum which requires infrastructural development. I am pleased to see that as Dewure High School, you are fulling the requirements of that curriculum so the ministry will continue to support you," said Mahofa.
He advised pupils to take good care of the labs, warning them against abusing the internet.
Speaking to TellZim News, Dewure High School head, Samuel Mahwehwe thanked all people who made the project a success.
"This is a great milestone in our quest to improve education standards at our school. Our gratitude goes to all parents, those who made donations and all other stakeholders who made a contribution. Their efforts have indeed made an impact on our thrust to elevate the study of sciences at our school," said Mahwehwe.
Emanuel Chikombe, an 'A' level sciences pupil said he was confident academic performance will improve as the laboratories are now better equipped.education