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Govt Rejects US Embassy Report On School Dropouts

Govt Rejects US Embassy Report On School Dropouts

The Government has dismissed a report by the United States of America Embassy in Zimbabwe claiming that an estimated 840 000 schoolchildren have dropped out of school since 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to the US embassy report on the 2021 state of human rights in Zimbabwe, released on Wednesday this week, hundreds of thousands of children of school-going age are involved in tobacco farming, artisanal mining, street vending and prostitution.

However, Public Service and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima on Thursday told NewsDay that the Government was conducting its own assessment and will not rely on external reports. He said:

We do not rely on external reports. We have our own report that will be released in May. After all, the US has never reported about us in a positive way, so why should we rely on their reports?

Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro also rejected the report saying it is part of the United States’ “regime change agenda”. Said Ndoro:

The report should never be considered. The figure is out of this world. The main aim of such ungrounded and highly-inflated statistics is to tarnish the image of the government and to push the regime change agenda. There are no such statistics on school dropouts in the country.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said children are quitting school because they don’t see the value of going to school. PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said:

Our findings show that one of the major reasons children are dropping out of school is a lack of appreciation of the importance of education.

It is not inspiring at all when a school-going child sees an engineer selling tomatoes in the streets.

They know they will not get jobs after graduating and so they will not value going to school.

According to PTUZ, their survey covering only five provinces has shown that 45 000 pupils had dropped out of school since 2020.

More: NewsDay

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engineer 1 month ago

izvii zviri pachena govt haide chokwadii

Da truth 1 month ago

Ma teacher adii vadzingwe basa vataura chokwadi Zim ukataura chokwadi wodzi ch**** sungata kana kuurawa taurai imi ma report tiwone Zanupf iripo was🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🗡️

Mr Carter 1 month ago

it's very possible.fter all New Crriculum irikutemesa vabereki nematicha worse

tk 1 month ago

we back again pa the issue yekuti hamuna michina ye cancer mu zim mese, **** idzo dzoti kunyepa. by now asingazive kuti who is telling the truth is obviously part of the looters. i rest my case handidi zvekuzorakashwa

Kanda 1 month ago

if you deny the report give us your own report


Timothy mhlanga 1 month ago

😄do8 with sanctions

Ghetto Yut 1 month ago

the mere fact yekuti hamusati maita an assessment yema students akadzoka Ku school shows your gross incompetence you are sleeping on the job

Kanda 1 month ago

fact ghetto yut

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

One may dispute the statistics but the bottom line is; a significant number of children dropped out of school in the last two years. The government will downplay the numbers in order to avoid taking responsibility. External ditractors will inflate the numbers to tarnish the government. Teacher's Unions are better placed to give reliable statistics because their members interact with school children everyday. The solution, in my opinion, is to subsidise secondary & primary education & make it free in public schools. The regime should also allow NGO's to help the school dropouts to return to school. Kwete kungofunga kuponda nekupaza maNGOs sezviri kurongwa neHurumende yeNgwena. Plan, UNICEF & many others do a really great job helping school children all over the country.

Ukatarisa vana havachisina motivation nedzidzo. It's because of the Nihilism & selfishness displayed by our Looters / Leaders. Tusikana twakungofunga kuBleacher ganda nekumwa mapiritsi ekukudza magadziko. Tukomana twakungofunga Mutoriro, kumwa Tumbwa nekubhema Rocksberry neEverest. Pakadai pakuda kuisa musoro pamwechete tibatsire vana. Kwete kuisa politics padzisingakwane.

1 month ago

ngorima mushava 1 month ago

why is the US so much Tek Tek neZimbabwe,,
vanombo vavarirei muno,...?

ok 1 month ago


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

US are the human rights abusers coz those that they sanctioned are building nests with our feathers, My question as a Rasta is.
POLLUTED ATMOSPHERE NEEDS THE OZONE LAYER, IF YOU (US) CARE 🤔 TELL ME WHY BUILD SO MUCH NUCLEAR? a person needs breath before going to shcool, how do you justify such coz peace comes after justice ✌🏽🙏🏽☝🏽❤

THE FIEND 1 month ago

Tsvarie chi rasta chako chichakupengesa, so just creating /manufacturing Nuclear weapons damages the Ozone layer? How?

Manangagwa is calling Chinese daily who are causing damage daily on the Zimbabwean environment, and you say Viva ZANU PF.

Mr 1 month ago

unfortunately the sanctions were not imposed on ordinary citizens bt the political elite.... the effects of the sanctions just show how much Zimbabwe is captured by certain individuals shame

J 1 month ago

my nxt door neighbor has 4 kids 3 boys and a little girl. the boys never went to back to school after the first covid break🛑 .the oldest should be in grade seven right now. zvivana zvanetsa izvozvo nekuba mughetto rangu...honestly im sick and tired of those kids.they stole rope yangu yepamugodhi kwakunotengesa ku industry. vana ngavaende kuxul vasaite mbavha mhani. Apa the father is an **** kungovhurira zvihuku zvake zvichidya muriwo wangu. nezuro ndakauraya 1 nedombo today he didn't speak to me and im ok with that

1005 1 month ago

kkk hapana street risina mapenzi mangu arimo futi asingaende kuchikoro

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