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THE Marondera East MP and a local councillor have clashed with teachers at Mukanganise primary and secondary schools.

The politicians blame the tutors for poor pass rates at the institutions.

In 2014, the two schools produced zero pass rates.

MP, Jeremiah Chiwetu and councillor Letwin Kanengoni accused the teachers of being lazy and not reporting for work most of the time.

The two made the accusations recently while Chiwetu was donating asbestos to repair classrooms whose roofs were destroyed early this year during violent storms.

Chiwetu and Kanengoni said the teachers had developed a culture of absconding classes.

They accused the teachers of spending most of their time at home or attending to personal business at the expense of the disaantaged students, resulting in poor grades.

However, the teachers blamed the poor grades on poor working conditions.

The Student Development Association chairperson, only identified as Mlambo, also blamed the harsh conditions at the schools for the poor grades.

Mlambo said the teachers and students were using a dilapidated farm house and disused tobacco barns as classrooms as well as for the accommodation of the tutors.

“The environment at the schools is not conducive to both learning and teaching as the classrooms are too small. There are no textbooks and no furniture.

The houses meant for teachers are not ideal for human habitation, forcing some of the teachers to look for alternative accommodation in Marondera town where they commute from every day,” said Mlambo.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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