The people of Chiredzi South have bemoaned lack of adequate schools in the area as the major contributing factor to high levels of school dropouts in the area.

Many children in Chiredzi district especially in Chiredzi South’s rural communities walk more than 15 km to the nearest school and this has been cited as the major reason for an increase in the number of school dropouts, particularly at secondary level.

The area has 36 primary and only 10 secondary schools.

The construction of Gurungweni and Gwaseche secondary schools, which is expected to be complete by year-end, has brought joy to the community, although more secondary schools are needed.

The area legislator, Retired Brigadier General Callisto Gwanetsa said it is their hope that more partners will complement government efforts in enhancing access to education to all Zimbabwean children through establishing more schools in the area.

“There are only a few schools in the area and children are forced to migrate to South Africa after completing primary school but without education they are not empowered,” he said.

The issue of inadequate schools is not only affecting Chiredzi South, but the whole district which has less than 200 schools in total with the number of school going children estimated to be nearly 100 000