Many rural schools are operating with minimal resources with the worst affected forced to hold classes in the open due to the unavailability of classrooms.

Harawe Primary School in Zano, Masvingo is among the schools that need more classrooms to be constructed.

Built in 2004, Harawe Primary School has 645 students and only six classrooms.

At least 10 more classrooms are needed to accommodate the students.

ECD classes are held in the open and the young ones have to brave the chilly weather during the winter season.

Speaking on the sidelines of the commissioning  of a new classroom block at the school, the head, Mrs Tendai Wilson noted that there is need to avail more resources if the pass rate is to improve.

“We thank this initiative to build another block at our school. We however still need more blocks and other infrastructure constructed. We need teachers’ residence and a computer laboratory constructed, as well as electricity connection,” she said.

The classroom block, which was commissioned this weekend, was built with resources from council, while the area`s legislator, Cde Davis Marapira also contributed materials.

Cde Marapira handed over more materials to the school, enough to construct two more classrooms.

“I have brought you more cement and door frames for the construction of two more classrooms. It is important for us all to work together for the development of our community.

Zanu PF Central Committee member, Cde Clemence Makwarimba stressed the need for political leaders to spearhead development in their areas for the benefit of the communities.

“Politics without development is nothing so we need to focus on development by building schools, hospitals and other infrastructure,” he said.

Harawe Primary School is also in need of boreholes as students and staff members are forced to use water from open sources, exposing them to  diseases.