Whizkid appeals for help

HARARE - A star student, Olive Thomas who attained a staggering 11 As at “O” Level, needs about $1 600 to clear school fees arrears owed to Bradley High School before she can access her results. She will also need more for “A” Level studies.

School head Irene Chikuse confirmed to the Daily News at the weekend that the girl owed the school $1 570 and appealed for assistance.

“She is an intelligent girl. At some point, one of our staff members stayed with her while she took classes as a day-scholar but we realised it was burdening the member and we decided to re-admit her into boarding again,” said Chikuse.

“At some point, I called her father who did not offer any help. We are hoping she will get the money in time and join others for Advanced Level.”

Olive’s mother, Crescencia Tadzungaira, said they learnt of her daughters’ results through her former teachers and classmates.

“They told us the results were displayed on the notice board. I have knocked on so many doors and received many promises but nothing is yet to come out of it. I have been calling my ex-husband, her father, who is a lab technician at some hospital in SA but he says he has no money.

“She (Olive) is refusing to eat and now complains of chest pains. I have collected the Joshua Nkomo scholarship forms but cannot apply without her results.” Tadzungaira, who herself holds a Diploma in Management Administration, Certificates in Accounting, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) management, Business Management and Pattern Making, used to work for a local NGO.

“I worked there for 15 years until 2013 when funds ran out. I thought I would manage but I have failed. Although she says she feels sorry for me, I feel like I have failed her,” she said with tears running down her cheeks.

Those willing to help can contact the Daily News editor on 04-798820-9.

Comments (4)

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education does not allow schools to with hold students' results for non-payment of fees or loss of textbooks.It is an act of misconduct on the Head's part. My advice is that the parent should take the case to the nearest education office and by tomorrow the child should be having her results.

Matilda - 16 February 2015

Ask US Aid - they love to be seen as benevolent Donors,

Dududza Veterai - 16 February 2015

And where is the state and ZANU PF millionaires when gifted students like this suffer? It says a lot about the government of the day. Its obvious we do not have a legitimate government but a bunch of blood sucking terrorists who have been more cruel to their fellow black person that even Ian Smith. All they can do is steal, oppress, intimidate, rig elections and murder. Robert Mugabe will go down in Zimbabwean history as the evil person who brought misery, suffering, oppression and death to the land between the Zambezi and the Limpopo.

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 17 February 2015

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