…school levies to be abolished
By Lloyd Mwale in Sanyati
Boarding schools have been urged to venture into quick-win projects to sustain themselves during turbulent times.
Gabriel Mumha, Mash West Provincial Education Director made these remarks Friday at Sanyati Baptist High School where he was the guest of honour during the commissioning of two US$6 000 solar system plants, spearheaded by old students’ association.
Nestled in a rural set-up about 100km from Kadoma where water and electricity is a perennial problem, Sanyati Baptist High School Old Students, in collaboration with the school’s authorities, availed two solar-system plants to enable the instution to avoid the dark ages.
Friday marked the commissioning of the two plants, heralding solar the alternative source of power for the school.
“Sanyati Baptist High School has grown from strength to strength and is one of the schools to adopt a quick-wins concept or income-generating projects which is being urged by the ministry for schools to adopt if they are to sustain themselves. Sanyati Baptist High School has taken the right direction , they started small but now they have a variety of projects,” said Mumha.
A Schools Business Concept is being pursued by the Ministry of Primary Secondary Education to make schools self-reliant and reduce the cost of education.
Gone are the days when schools relied on fees and levies, a situation which resulted in the two being increased annually or termly to meet the cost of running institutions.
Those schools which had viable projects ultimately survived during the Covid 19 lockdown and did not resort to squeezing parents for funding.
“One of the key focus areas of the ministry in 2021 is to receive reports from school heads on how much they have engaged other partners to improve themselves. A school must be able to mobilize to engage in business with other partners. If you look at our Education Act, we are gradually moving away from these levies, and a day is coming when they will be a thing of the past.
“As Sanyati Baptist High you are in the right direction but I want to challenge you to dream big by coming up with other massive projects,” he said.
Mumha congratulated Sanyati Baptist Old Students Association (SBOSA) for proper planning, implementation and delivery of a sought-after product at the school.
Receiving the solar system plants on behalf of the school and the church, Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe President Rev Vudzaishe Mabuto saluted the old students association for coming back to the school in a different way.
“On behalf of the school and church, I would like to acknowledge the two solar system plants to run the school boreholes and to power the school administration block and other facilities. I would like to express my appreciation of the gesture shown to the school by the old students association by donating a much sought after solar system plant which is ideal for our school, and the solar system will be put to good use,” said Rev Mabuto.
Sanyati Baptist Old Students Association (SBOSA) chairman, UK-based Mpumelelo Mpofu – whose message was read on his behalf by SBOSA vice-chairman, Dr Henry Madzorera – said the donation of the solar system plants was only the beginning of greater things to come at the school as a way of showing appreciation for the school’s role in moulding the old students.
“The solar system plants is the beginning of other things to come as we continue the relationship that has been developed over the years,” Mpofu said.
Sanyati Baptist High has an enrolment of 700 students – with 600 being boarders – and the school has a variety of viable projects which were under threat from erratic power and water shortages.
SBOSA has 350 members dotted around the world in various influential positions. The members pooled their resources together and bought the two solar system plants.