primary schools pupils.jpgPrivate schools and other education institutions in urban areas have been urged to twin with their counterparts in rural areas, which do not have adequate facilities, so as to uplift their educational standards.


Most schools in rural areas lack basic infrastructure, books and other facilities, and the call for schools in urban areas to forge partnerships with their rural counterparts is expected to go a long way in complementing government efforts to improve the country’s education system.


An educationist, Mr Sifiso Ndlovu said the move will help ease the burden on government as schools and students in urban areas can assist their less privileged counterparts in rural areas.


“Government has a lot on its shoulders right now and we need other arrangements to ensure that schools that are in the rural areas and do not have adequate facilities are catered for,” he said.


Mr Ndlovu added that Zimbabwe’s education system is still ranked as one of the best on the continent and only a few areas need to be given attention.


Twinning arrangements are usually common between towns and cities in friendly countries and most of the partnerships have proved to be fruitful and of benefit to those who do not have adequate resources.