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Brighton Chiseva

MASVINGO
– Chekai Secondary School in Masvingo rural was last week closed by angry parents who staged a demonstration against the school over poor 2017 'O' level results, TellZim News has learnt.
Sources said parents came and withdrew their children on Friday and there was no business at the school for the whole day.
TellZim News could not establish the school's most recent pass rate but some sources said less than 10 percent of the children who sat for the 2017 'O' level exams passed.
When contacted for comment, the District Schools Inspector (DSI) Ishmael Chigaba referred all questions to the Provincial Education Director (PED) Zedius Chitiga who confirmed the incident but said the matter was being resolved.
"Investigations are underway as we speak and we are moving in the positive direction. A team is on the ground right now to establish the concerns," said Chitiga.
Sources said parents came and took their children and no lessons were conducted on Friday and for the greater part of Monday leading to an intervention by authorities.
"Parents came and said they had to withdraw their pupils from the school because the pass rate is declining each and every year especially in mathematics," said the source.
It is also being alleged that the 'O' level mathematics teacher is often away from work, leading many parents and pupils to take it as the main cause of the pathetic pass rate.local

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