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Chirima High School head, Henry Mugwira

…'school head uses personal EcoCash number to receive school fees'

Brighton Chiseva
BIKITA – Chirima High 'A' level pupils are up in arms against their school head, Henry Mugwira, whom they accuse of misusing school funds.
The pupils have since resolved not to attend morning assemblies as part of their protest against the alleged abuse.
Sources told TellZim News pupils are complaining that the school head uses his personal EcoCash number to receive school fees and there is no meaningful development taking place.
"Pupils complain that the school head does not immediately give receipts when one has paid his/her fees. There are suspicions that he takes the money for his own personal use first and then replaces it when it is convenient for him," said the source.
Others said Mugwira does not buy original textbooks, but employs his people to do photocopies that are then given to pupils.
"The photocopied textbooks are hardly readable. We pay money so that the school can buy original books but the head always takes the cheaper route and pockets the balance," said one parent.
Others complained that for a long time, the school has made no progress on completing its sciences laboratory project.
When contacted for comment, Mugwira denied knowledge of the allegations and said everything was going on smoothly at the school.
"There is nothing like that here and everything is fine. Those telling you that want to tarnish our good reputation. We were recently audited and we are in the process of electrifying our school.
"Of course, pupils do complain about other issues here and there but we talk and iron out their concerns and move on," said Mugwira.
Bikita acting District Schools Inspector (DSI), Chioneso Maradza said she was yet to get the report and will do investigations to establish what was going on.
"I have not received any report from Chirima. I was there today (Tuesday) monitoring examinations, but I will do investigations soon," said Maradza.local

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