|Normalcy returns to Mukaro High School|
|Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:00|
authorities over water and food on Thursday.
Mukaro High School, Mukaro Primary School, the Father’s House for Catholic priests, and the seminary for training priests and nuns all get their drinking water from boreholes. Water for washing and other chores is drawn from Chimwamombe Dam.
However, there are only three functional boreholes that serve a population of 1 000 people and recurrent powercuts have reportedly hampered reliable pumping of clean water.
“Water was indeed a problem which was mainly caused by electricity outages, but we have a back up generator and we will increase the number of plastic tanks so that water is available in all areas.
“As for food, we are also going to improve and I have already been to the school canteen where I asked for them to revise their meal timetable so that we respond to the needs of children. We are working to rectify all the problems,” he said. Mr Chizhunga conceded that he was caught by surprise after the girls sneaked out. He said the school will rectify the laxity in security.
“We are quite relieved that none of the students was harmed when they woke up at night and walked to Mpandawana. I want to admit that in terms of security we were very lax as a school and we are in the process of rectifying the problems by increasing the number of guards,” said Mr Chizhunga.
“There is a serious lack of security here, only one guard was on duty when the students sneaked out and there is no way he could have detected them because the institution is too big for one person to guard at night. They have to beef up security,” said one of the staff members who declined to be named.
“They are now running around and a new water tanks are being built. These problems were raised by students a long time ago and they kept on ignoring them. Can you imagine that sometimes workers at the school dining hall would be ordered to go to the villages and carry buckets of water on their heads to supply water to this school; that is unheard of,” added the staff member