Many learners have dropped out of school allegedly due to harsh teaching and learning environments at Chiwenga Primary School.
The Standard reports that the situation at the school is almost identical to what’s prevalent at other schools in the district.
According to Unesco, worldwide 258 million children and youth are still out of school for social, economic and cultural reasons.
While Zimbabwe is part of global and regional political drives to ensure that all children have access to and complete education, little has been done to achieve this goal in hard-to-reach communities such as the Muzarabani district, according to The Standard.
Part of the district is found in the Zambezi basin. A villager, Israel Mutombo, told The Standard:
Most of our children have failed to get quality education here in Chiwenga because of the poor state of our schools.
The school has over the years failed to retain qualified teachers because of poor infrastructure, among other challenges.
However, Mutombo said there have been some changes in the past five years after the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) intervened through its Muzarabani Resilience Project, which has transformed the Chiwenga community.
Mutombo said Red Cross installed a solar-powered water system in Chiwenga and now there is tapped water at the school, clinic, shopping centre and villages.
He added that in the past, teachers would shun deployment and sought transfers citing lack of water.
Mutombo also said apart from the water project, the ZRCS built a standard classroom block at the school, which will house the Grade 7 class that all along had been writing their final examinations at Chadereka, 40km away.
Chiwenga Primary School head Francis Chirunga confirmed that they were struggling to provide quality education due to the sorry state of the school.
At Kairezi in ward 23, primary and secondary school learners share the same structures.