No school place for MDC children

via No school place for MDC children 17 December 2014

Cheunzwe High School in Murewa recently turned away an aspiring form one pupil because his family supports the MDC.

Gorden Mutize, the MDC-T Mashonaland East organising secretary, told The Zimbabwean that he went to apply for his child’s form one place at the school driving a marked MDC-T vehicle, which did not go down well with school authorities, allegedly aligned to Zanu (PF).

“Initially, the child, who scored nine points at grade seven, was accepted by the school, but the offer was later withdrawn after it was realised that her family was MDC. This was after I had deposited the required 430 dollars school fees into the school bank account,” he said.

Mutize confronted the school authorities for an explanation but did not get a satisfactory response, forcing him to approach the District Ministry of Education offices at Murewa for redress.

The district education officer, Sylvester Makunzwa, told Mutize that it was unconstitutional for the school to discriminate against any child on partisan, religious, tribal or gender basis. He instructed the school authorities to admit the child as she deserved the place on the strength of her grade seven passes.

Contacted for comment, deputy headmaster Mufurungirwa said Mutize’s child had not been offered a place at the school, and Mutize had gone to the bank to pay fees without the knowledge of school authorities.

“The school did not offer Mutize’s child a school place, but for more information you should contact the school head,” said Mufurungirwa, who some teachers accused of bringing Zanu (PF) politics to the school.

The headmaster, Mr C Makupe, told this reporter that he was handling the issue and would take corrective measures. “I received Mutize’s complaint and am doing everything within my powers to address the issue. As the highest authority at the school, I will help do justice to the child,” he said.


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    Bonesnapper 6 years ago

    Despicable. Give up on our courts and take this to an international court for children’s rights. Angeline Jolie Pierce Brosnan Roger Federer -celebrities – take up this cause and make a wave of powerful influence for this suffering nation.

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      tapiwa 6 years ago

      anyone else who does not belong to ZANU should not pay taxes

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        matozviitiro 6 years ago

        true and very true. zanupfooo hypocrites. mati madii muchadzoka kuvanhu kusakwana kwese kuchapera. hokoyo nerufu. mucha pindwa nechando manjemanje. kunge ndimi makavaka zvikoro zvacho hamuzive pekugumira zvechizanupfoo zvenyu. mukawana nguva mukwane kwamurewa ikoko.

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    tapiwa 6 years ago

    if thats the case then then MDC or any other political members should not pay taxes

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    Tapiwa Lovejoy Watshie 6 years ago

    Children of MDC T supporters have every right to be admitted in any school just as it is common sense that MDC T is supposed to be the ruling party had this old donkey not rigged the election in 2008 and 2013

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    Petal 6 years ago

    Hope it will get international exposure.

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    Petal 6 years ago


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    Petal 6 years ago

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      Petal 6 years ago

      There is probably discriminiation against childrenand youths who belong to other communities, caucasian, mixed race etc. those who are orphans and need assistance – hope an organisation will investigate it further and findings made public