- In the video below, the teenage girls in school uniform brag that they're turning books into papers for smoking weed because there's nothing else to use the books for since teachers are on strike.
By Anesu Manjengwa
A VIDEO has emerged of high school teenage girls puffing mbanje (marijuana) smoke in a public school as teachers and Government move each other from pillar to post over salary disagreements.
In the video below, the teenage girls in school uniform brag that they’re turning books into papers for smoking weed because there’s nothing else to use the books for since teachers are on strike.
The amateur video puts into perspective the terrible situation in Zimbabwe’s public schools, and comes days after teachers’ unions urged parents to withdraw their kids from school because “no one is taking care of them”.
It also comes as the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education yesterday raised alarm over alleged rising cases of mischief in schools where idle students have turned to wild sex orgies, drug abuse and stripping after going unsupervised since last week due to the ongoing strike by teachers.
Pictures of naked students, kissing or indulging in pornographic acts have gone viral on social media since schools opened on 28th September for exams sitting classes.
Watch the video below:
The committee chair Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga made the chilling disclosures yesterday during a virtual meeting with the ministry’s permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela.
She said the practice was rampant at boarding schools, where students were without supervision because of the ongoing industrial action.
Meanwhile, a child rights group, ZimChild Network, which gave government a six-day ultimatum to resolve the teachers’ grievances or risk a countrywide students strike.
“We are giving the government six days to solve the teachers issue, we are pleading. Failure to reply, we will protest fighting for our right to education as well as submit our petition to the Ministry of Education in large numbers.
“The schools are now nightclubs due to absenteeism of teachers and we cannot live with such situations for long.
“If Soweto students marched, we will also march for our right to education. We will follow all COVID-19 regulations and protocols protesting heading to the Ministry of Education offices,” the students said in apparent reference to the 1976 uprisings by black South African schoolchildren.
Government has been evasive on the matter involving social delinquency by idle students as teachers continue their labour action. Mrs. Thabela challenged the MPs to cite specific schools where students were engaging in nefarious activities.
“We also received a story about three other boarding schools, but these proved to be fake reports. There was also a story about Rusununguko High School in Goromonzi and when we went there, all teachers and pupils were there and everything went well,” she said.
On teachers’ strike, she said the Public Service Commission was dealing with the issue.
Thabela also said that this year’s school calendar will end on December 18. – Zimbabwe Voice / NewsDay