Conrad Mupesa Herald Correspondent
A secondary school built using money collected from beer levy and other council initiatives opened its doors this term in Chinhoyi with Form One and Form Two classes.
The rest of the classes will open next year as the school expands.
Chinhoyi Municipality spokesperson Mr Tichaona Mlauzi said Kubatana Secondary School was partly financed through beer levy collections and other council fundraising initiatives.
The school opened last Tuesday, with four Form One classes and another four Form Two classes, all having hot seating sessions.
“Kubatana Secondary School, which was financed through beer levy and other council’s initiatives, will assist Nemakonde High school de-congest the student uptake which has been an Achilles heel over the years,” he said.
Mr Mlauzi said the Government played a role in the construction of the $1,6 million school.
Council raised $1,2 million and the Government, through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, chipped in with plumbing material valued at $400 000.
Kubatana Secondary, Mr Mlauzi said, was born out of the plea from the ministry to help reduce congestion in one of the secondary schools in the town.
“Nemakonde High School, a Government-owned school, has been overwhelmed by the enrolment of students, thus the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education approached Municipality of Chinhoyi, who are mandated to provide primary schools, to consider provision of a secondary school,” he said.
“We readily accepted the challenge as we are community-oriented and the school becomes the eighth under the purview of council.”
Chinhoyi Municipality runs six primary schools and a secondary school from the now defunct mining and smelting settlement of Alaska, which is now under it.
Kubatana Secondary becomes the second secondary school being run by the council.