$3 500 fees at Grace Mugabe's high school

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe is unveiling a new state-of-the-art high school in Mazowe where enrolment is underway for  a whooping $3 500 per term.

Despite claiming to be driven by the desire to give relief to the poor and the orphaned, Grace’s Amai Mugabe Christian High — which is nestled in the rolling mountains of Mazowe — is set to become one of the most expensive schools in the country.

The high school will open its doors next year.

Fresh from building a primary school and now a high school, the First Family is also mulling constructing a university on the expansive land that was seized from Interfresh’s Mazowe Citrus Estate early this year.

The 47-year-old First Lady took over about 1 600 hectares of Mazowe Citrus Estate in order to grow her empire, which already boasts of the Grace Mugabe Children’s Home and Gushungo Dairy Project situated on an adjacent farm seized from white commercial farmers during the government’s controversial land reform programme.

For now, the First Lady’s two schools will have to share the two-storey building which is in pristine condition, with gleaming tiled floors, mukwa doors and beds.

The building smells fresh of paint.

Every sport, according to officials, will be offered at the school that is separated from the orphanage with manicured lawns.

A Daily News crew last Friday found workers in overalls emblazoned AMPS (Amai Mugabe Primary School) putting the final touches at the vast property.

An exclusive primary school, also named after her, opened last term with an enrolment of 97 pupils and officials say vacancies are still plenty because few can afford the tuition fees charged.

The fact that the Amai Mugabe Junior School is not attracting pupils has however, not deterred the First Lady, with Chinese contractors forging ahead with final touches to the high school which has called for applications from pupils interested in enrolling there.

An advertisement placed in a local daily describes it as “a dynamic state-of-the-art boarding school opening January 2014.”

It is also recruiting teachers and is set to provide a rich and multifaceted set of educational and extracurricular activities.

While boarders at the school will enjoy luxurious trappings, parents wishing to send their children there will have to fork out close to $3 500 a term — a top line ripple for most parents.

Day scholars will need to pay $2 600 per term.

With such a fee structure, the high school must produce incredible academic results across a large number of important academic indicators and joins an A-list of expensive schools such as St George’s College where the First family’s last born child Chatunga was expelled from early this year, allegedly for juvenile delinquency.

The First Lady has touted her schooling projects as benefiting ordinary Zimbabweans.

She told visiting Malawian President Joyce Banda last month during her five-day State visit after touring the primary school that the projects were helping ordinary Zimbabweans.

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Nigel - 4 June 2018

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