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Some Form Four pupils currently at Chingwizi transit camp have appealed for Government to avail support so that they can register to sit for Ordinary level examinations before the deadline set for the end of this week. The deadline for the November 2014 examinations is May 23 and each subject requires a registration fee of $13.

In an interview during the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) tour, a pupil Tapiwa Madyira said they are travelling longer distances after sleeping in cold tents at the transit camp in search of schooling facilities.

“We used to have a school next to our homestead but since we came here life has not been easy. We walk for more than six kilometres every morning before sitting for lessons. We are told we have to be relocated to another place which is far away. There are no schools here.

“We hope Government will assist us because there are no income-generating projects here and I am failing to register for the Ordinary level examinations I should sit for towards the end of the year,” he said.

Another pupil Oliver Madenya said he was an orphan and used to sustain his livelihood through vending in Chiunda village before disaster struck.

“I sold all the few livestock I managed to bring to this camp. I have failed to generate any income resulting in my failure to pay the examinations fees,” he said.

ZNCWC spokesperson Dr Lamiel Phiri said they were worried about the welfare of children currently in the transit camp.

“At the moment, there are no recreational facilities and the environment is not child friendly. Decongestion is underway but the scenario of those writing examinations this year is an urgent matter which requires special attention.

“We appeal to those who can avail support in any form to provide assistance to the needy children,” he said.

Source : The Herald

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