‘Mukaro High School must reopen’

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HARARE – Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora has ordered students at Gutu-based Mukaro High School to go back to school.

This comes after the Roman Catholic-run boarding school was shut down by the church over the continued presence of two teachers who allegedly incited students to strike, but successfully applied for a court interdict to stop their transfer from the school.

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The church wanted to transfer the two male teachers, Martin Matenhere and Musanaa Chirikure, after accusing them of masterminding a crippling strike by students against allegedly poor living conditions at the school in 2012.

The school failed to transfer the two teachers after the pair successfully applied for a High Court order to stay at the school.

Responding to High Court’s ruling, the church ordered the school to close.

Dokora told a news conference yesterday that they have met with all concerned parties and agreed to restore normalcy at the school.

“It was resolved that all learners should return to Mukaro High School with immediate effect and resume classes upon arrival,” Dokora said.

“The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education regards the interests of learners as central to its mandate.”

Dokora said the issue of teaching personnel is a matter for central government and can be dealt with in accordance with appropriate regulations.

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