We are interested in education and even to other issues madam Nosizi Dube

The utterances by the district for Tsholotsho Ms Nosizi Dube at the Livelihoods and Donor Symposium cannot go unchallenged, to a very lesser extent yes there are children who drop out of school to go to a South Africa, on the contrary I must remind the learned madam that there are grave factors that she must deal with as an administrator in the region before wholesomely claiming that people from this region are no interested to embrace education.
a) One of the key aspects is the availability of schools in the region in particular in Tsholotsho where I was born and bred.
b) Secondly the distance between schools let me just give an example from Malanda Primary school to the next secondary school which is Tsholotsho High school is 13 KM, everyday students are made to walk 26KMs, the point is that one gets to school tired and rest then go back home rest and again, until the term finishes, here I am talking about an average student who is not academically gifted to grasp quickly, I am challenging her to avail schools and then we will see whether pupils will drop out and go to South Africa, the option of going becomes very attractive if you made to walk 26 KM daily to and from school. I repeat I challenge the madam to provide vocational training centres, one or two colleges, build more schools and see whether the majority will continue flocking to South Africa, otherwise her point is misplaced to blame us for going to South Africa. I did my secondary education in Victoria Falls at the benevolence of my relatives because I could not have managed to walk the distance to school everyday,
c) Thirdly the motivation to go to school is also a result of a culture of that particular community if schools are made available to culture of going school develops as more parents see the value of education and they motivate their children get educated having seen a neighbor`s son or daughter who has graduated from a local educational institution is having a better living standard. My challenge to anyone who cares is built schools, training centres, colleges and then we will see the truth of what the Tsholotsho administrator is talking about. I have had a privilege to travel to other regions in particular Masvingo on average there is a school in every 5 KMs, (d) The other point is for the learned madam to challenge our leaders who have been in government for so meant years and having been appointed to so many portfolios to do something for their people and make local people benefit from their local available resources i.e. timber, diamond, wildlife and again we will whether people will continue going to South Africa in numbers.
d) Similarly the other issues that she must also deal with is menial jobs that are taken by youths from other regions, for example I had experience in Victoria Falls where a fast food out (Food Express bussed over 30 people from Gweru to open a restaurant in Victoria Falls, but Victoria Falls is the hub of hotels and restaurants that almost 60 – 70 percent of the population have experience in working in hotels, so there was no justification whatsoever to bring such a number, people would have understood if the company ways bringing a special skill, another company Guardian security also did the same, when the Kingdom hotel opened again it was the same thing the training was full with people from other regions all these were not special skills, in Bulawayo also some companies did the same, I read about Mthwakazi Youth Resolution who protested this behavior and were arrested and charged, but no leader said anything about this, now because of the presence of a microphone the learned madam accuse us of going to South Africa, I have met a lot of youths who have applied for these jobs but they are turned down but some clandestinely got the jobs without even the minimum requirements, I have worked with people without the required entry requirement but because they have a relative who is in the senior position they get the job. Madam I challenge you for a public debate to convince me that youths go to South Africa because they do not want to go to school.
In conclusion let tell you that most youths save for a few from this region are discriminated in accessing job opportunities this is a fact that you may deny I have attested to living experiences, I think you said this because it is political correct but I dismiss it as a flimsy excuse and malign so that our people do not speak against this injustice, unfair, evil practice that infringes of the rights of the people from this region. Madam speak against such glaring realities and make it a point that access to jobs in this region is given to locals as stipulated by the constitution in Chapter 1: 9, 13(d 3,4), 14, 20, Chapter 4: 56(3), 75, Chapter 14: 264 just to mention some provisions. The learned madam also should tell us where her children are studying I bet they are in some elite boarding schools or are studying in the diaspora, but the industry closed in Bulawayo people are jobless they cannot afford to take their children to school, I think her utterances must be challenging the government to reopen the industry of find alternatives that will assist to drive economic activity in the region.
By Michael Mdladla Ndiweni – A development activist based in Bulawayo


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