ZAKA – Parents with children going to Dabwa Primary School in Zaka district have complained about the poor results obtained by grade seven pupils this year.
Parents told TellZim News the school recorded a 24 percent pass rate, which is the lowest in the district. They said the school used to record at least a 30 percent pass rate after every exam sitting but things have suddenly deteriorated to shocking levels.
When contacted for comment, Zaka District Schools Inspector (DSI) Samson Chidzurira confirmed the awful results, saying parents were justified in being worried because the record was not in sync with what they were used to.
“We are equally worried because that has not been Dabwa’s pass rate. The school is now at the very bottom of the district. As the ministry and the district, we should have time to go and look into the issue to see what could be the cause and map the way forward,” said Chidzurira.
He said he could not blame the school head at the moment but will also look at the teaching staff.
“We will have to stamp our authority on the school. Though the school head has his own issues, I cannot blame him in the mean time until we do investigations. I will have to look at the staff and the parents’ side,” he said.
However, parents accused the school head William Mandima and his deputy Euvancio Mukuwe for the poor results.
“The headmaster is a womaniser and his deputy head is strict for nothing and he is a drunkard. He is working to destroy the headmaster so that he can take over from him. The two are only strict with male teachers but female teachers are allowed to do as they please. They must create a workable environment for teachers to improve the pass rate,” said one parent.
Mandima confirmed the poor results but said he could not be held liable alone as he was just ‘new’ at the school.
“I cannot be blamed for the poor pass rate. I have been at the school for only eight months and had been struggling to have pupils come to school. Even during holiday lessons, I had to call parents to send pupils to school but most of them did not come.
“Some of the parents are just after tarnishing the school’s image but they are to blame for not supporting the school’s efforts. They do not send their children to school when we request them to do so,” said Mandima.