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Construction of school facilities has started

…Shirley Makausi back from retirement to lead new school

…pupils to have driver’s licences by time of leaving school

Moses Ziyambi

A new privately-owned secondary school is being built in Rhodene suburb to help satisfy the expanding need for quality educational facilities in Masvingo province and beyond, TellZim can report.

Junior High School is being built on a 5 hectare piece of prime land on the northernmost part of the city close to the road to Harare.

The school, which promises to offer some of the best learning facilities in the whole southern region of the country, joins the prominent Junior Enterprises portfolio which includes a driving school and a microfinance institution.

Besides its association with the strong Junior brand, Junior High has another ace up its sleeve in the name Shirley Makausi who will be the inaugural school head.

Makausi is capable leader who transformed Ndarama Government High from just another public school to a school of choice.

When she left Ndarama in 2019 upon retirement, Makausi had created an impressive legacy that many would wish to emulate, but which very few or non are able to match.

Her decision to lend her reputable name to the Junior High project and, in the process, take on bigger challenges, gives weight to the school’s stated aim of providing quality education under the best facilities and conditions, but at a very affordable cost.

In an interview with TellZim News, Junior Enterprises director Noah Marima said he was excited by the opportunity to once again connect with the community through educational provisions.

“We have been here for years and people have come to trust our brand. What better way is there to give back to that community than invest in its education? We can only achieve the growth that we hope to achieve if access to quality education opportunities is widened. We are therefore building Junior High School to contribute to that objective,” said Marima.

The school will be a sterling combination of academics and extra-curricular activities, with massive investment being directed to the construction of quality classroom blocks, science labs and sporting facilities.

The school is sandwiched by a bald mountain to its north – giving it a recreational aura – and by the outer edges of the leafy Rhodene suburb to its southern end, elevating it to a quiet and convivial place for learning.

In an interview with TellZim, Makausi said she was humbled by yet another opportunity to serve in the education sector.

‘I accept the offer to serve with humility and I will do my best. It’s both an opportunity and a challenge, but I am ready to expend all my remaining energies and expertise to make Junior High School the success that it ought to be. Parents and all stakeholders need to see that we are back to serve; to help nurture their children to greatness, and Junior Secondary School will be the place where that will happen,” said Makausi.

She said she was humbled to be identified as the most suitable school head among many other potential candidates.

“As I settled in retirement, I had thought my time was up and was a bit taken aback when this opportunity was availed to me. I thank God that the Junior brand saw in me the capability that I myself probably could no longer see and this indeed is a challenge to me. With God on our side, we will build this project and make it a great success,” said Makausi.

The school is expected to enroll its pioneering classes in January 2022, with all pupils having a chance to attain driver’s licences from Junior Driving School by the time they complete their ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels.





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