Headmaster in trouble over MDC links

HARARE - A headmaster at Chikangwe High School in Karoi Mashonaland West Province has been summoned to the provincial education offices to answer allegations that teachers at his school are actively involved in politics neglecting their core business.

The headmaster Phineas Musiiwa Musengi was last week called by the Provincial Education Director (PED) a Mashayamombe together with a Madubeko who is the Public Service Commission (PSC) education inspector to explain the allegations.

The two argued that teachers at the school are office holders in the MDC and spend most of their time as foot soldiers for their party at the expense of pupils’ learning.

Contacted for comment Musengi  referred questions to the District Education Officer (DEO).

“I am not the right person to comment about that. Why don’t you call the DEO for the details,” was all he said before hanging up.

Teachers at the school however, confirmed being MDC members and that their headmaster had been summoned to the provincial office over the matter but denied their activities compromised their professional ethics.

They defended their head as a professional who does his work diligently as evidenced by good results produced at the school which has seen it scoop the Secretary’s Bell Award two years ago and the district Merit Award this year.

Maltin Mukusha who teaches Shona at the school said “It is true that our headmaster is being tossed around because of our association with the MDC though he is not one of us and was summoned to Mashayamombe’s office two weeks ago.

“He is a victim of circumstances but the truth is the man is professional which explains why the school excels. I challenge those who say we are not working to check our record.”

Mukusha added there were several MDC cadres at the school but said they were dedicated professionals outside politics.

“There is quite a good number of MDC officials here. Our party’s provincial organising secretary Wilson Makanyaire who retired in September was here and I am the province’s deputy youth chairperson and there is nothing wrong with that.

“That is why the head of Mwami Primary School — Kwaramba is a Zanu PF provincial member. We do not do politics here but outside this place. When we are here we work as professionals and on October 25, I  am going to get my award as the best “A” level Shona teacher in the district together with eight “O” level pupils for their outstanding performance last year while the school will be honoured with the District Merit Award, “boasted Mukusha.

He accused the provincial office of being determined to see his headmaster out of the school to replace him with someone who will be compliant with Zanu PF’s dictates.

“They simply want to replace Musengi so that when Zanu PF and Jabulani Sibanda come to seek audience with civil servants during working hours like they did last time, he will comply”, he added.

Shayamano could however, not be reached for comment as the clerk in his office said he was out attending a workshop.

Most teachers at the school were left out of the census enumeration programme in August allegedly because of their political affiliation. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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