The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has begun working on a new register for Mahlaba Primary School in Tsholotsho to replace the original document that disappeared during the flooding.


The heavy rains that have caused extensive damage to property in Sipepa, Tsholotsho, have resulted in loss of documents for villagers and local schools.


Mahlaba Primary School could not take part in inter-schools athletics competitions as only four children had birth certificates.


Some children from Mathuphula were also affected.


Speaking during a visit by a ministerial delegation to assess the impact of flooding in the district, Provincial Education Director in Matabeleland North, Mrs Boithalelo Mguni said Mahlaba Primary School is now working on compiling new registers among other documents.


The Department of Civil Protection has established a unit which houses 630 school children across all grades with one class alone having as many as 151 students.


The unit is however running shot of teachers.


The ministry cannot account for 41 students and is finding it difficult to get proper information from parents and some of the children are believed to be in Lupane.