- Published on 11 September 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
The new school term lessons failed to resume at Mupandira Secondary School in Musana, Bindura Dictrict on Tuesday amid protests by parents against the newly-appointed school head over Satanism allegations.
The parents could not stomach having a head who was sent away from two other schools over the Satanism allegations. The parents were also calling for the removal of a teacher at the school over alleged ill-treatment of students amid reports that she assaulted a student to the extent of fracturing her hand resulting in a plaster being applied on the hand.
No student was at the school for the opening of the third term and parents were the 'students' on the day, dressed in their children's school uniforms - hard to believe as it may.
The parents in their large numbers engaged in popular protest song 'povo yaramba zvemadisnyongoro' in airing out their grievances. Parents who spoke to the news crew said word reached them that the school head who was chased from a school (Nyava High School) a few kilometres from Mupandira Secondary amid strange hysteria linked to Satanism was coming to lead the school and they ganged to stop the move.
"The protests started last Thursday after we heard that he had been given keys by the head who was running the school for him to take over. Several children were affected at Nyava High and the same cannot happen to our children. As parents we also want the teacher who abused another child to be transferred. Ms Mataure injured a form three student to the extent that she broke her arm. The matter was reported to the police at Nyava Police base but no action was taken. We heard that she is now in love with a policeman at the station," said a parent.
The situation degenerated into chaos that the councillor in the wars had to be called to address and calm the parents before engaging the SDC and the school head for a closed door meeting.
Councillor Ben Tafirenyika confirmed the incident and said parents resolved that their children will not attend school on the opening till issues have been resolved.
The headmaster, who was only identified as Mr Mudhuzo reportedly also raised a concern in the meeting that he will not be comfortable with heading this school because of the Satanism accusations.
Regarding Ms Mataure's case, Cllr Tafirenyika said the female teacher allegedly boasted of using her 'honey jar' to become untouchable.
"A report was made at the Nyava police base but nothing materialised as she is aid to have entered into a relationship with a policemand at the base. We hear that she brags to be untouchable. Hanzi anozviti ndirihure rakadzidza," said Cllr Tafirenyika.
The School Development Committee chairperson Lawrence Gutu said: "We sat down over the Satanism issue and the head made it clear that he will not be comfortable with working here. We agreed and wrote a letter to the ministry over his concerns. Today (Tuesday) we came for a finance meeting only to notice that there were no students," he said.
Bindura District Education officer (DEO) who refused to be identified said they have since resolved the two issues.
"We have resolved the matters amicably. It is now water under the bridge," he claimed.