School location war

An MDC minister and Zanu (PF) Member of Parliament are at logger heads over the relocation of a primary school from Bubi to Lupane.

The Chinese, who are behind the project, were supposed to build the school in Bubi district, but have since changed the plans to build it in Lupane. Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister Senator David Coltart said that Lupane, as the centre of Matebeleland North, was the ideal location for the school.

“It’s important that we lure teachers to our schools. Qualified teachers shun the rural areas and they would be more likely to work in Lupane,” said Coltart.

However, the Bubi MP, Clifford Sibanda, disagreed.

“I heard that the project planners said there would be fewer students if the school was based here, but how can that be when we desperately need more schools in the area?” he said.

Coltart agreed that every district needed a primary school but said that the current focus was creating centres of excellence.

“Schools are needed throughout the country, but by having the school in Lupane we will be empowering the whole province,” he said.

Sibanda said he had taken the issue to the Vice President John Nkomo for more clarification.

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