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Schools Urged To Commercialise Education

Schools Urged To Commercialise Education

Primary and Secondary Education Ministry permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela has urged schools to commercialise for them to create additional revenue streams instead of depending on fees and levies only.

Thabela made the call while presenting the Secretary’s Merit Award at Dulivhadzimu Primary School in Beitbridge. She said:

I want to urge all our schools to comply with the Government directive to commercialise education.

… As I toured this school, I noticed that they are running a variety of quick wins which include poultry, vegetable garden, a tuckshop, they are also into making chips, dishwashing liquid, baking, have a herbal garden and are producing liquid fertiliser.

Dulivhadzimu Primary School received $1.3 million for the development of a Smart Classroom, one tablet for the school head, Elizabeth Ngwenya, a certificate and a plaque.

According to an online source, a smart classroom is a technology-enhanced classroom that fosters opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating learning technology, such as computers, specialized software, audience response technology, assistive listening devices, networking, and audio/visual capabilities.

Thabela said several schools across the country have commercialised and they have managed to sustain operations during the COVID-19 induced lockdowns.

She noted that some schools almost collapsed during the prolonged lockdowns and this should serve as a wake-up call to school administrators to embrace to venture into income-generating projects. Said Thabela:

We have had scenarios where some schools almost faced a total collapse as their debts mounted due to lack of fees during the closure of schools and school authorities should have learnt from that.

More: Chronicle

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