Outrage over St John's gay storm

HARARE - Stakeholders in the country’s education sector have been left speechless, following St John’s College deputy headmaster’s revelation last week that he is gay.

Neal Hovelmeier, the second in charge at the private school located in the affluent Borrowdale suburb, openly announced his sexual orientation last week to cheering students in a packed school hall.

In his announcement, he said the learners had inspired him to come out of the shadows and openly declare his sexual orientation.

He further released a press statement confirming that he is indeed proudly gay.

Pic: A photo being circulated on social media of unidentified St John's College pupils following deputy headmaster Neal Hovemeier's disclosure that he was gay

The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has described Hovelmeier’s revelations as “bizarre”, saying it is waiting for a formal communication from the school to determine the way forward.

“It’s a first of its kind. We have not received formal communication from the school as yet, we only have information coming from the social media,” said the permanent secretary in the ministry, Sylvia Utete-Masango.

The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) said this is a rare case, a subject that local unions in the education sector have never tackled.

“It’s interesting, it rarely happens; this is the first case of this type, though of course there may have been silent incidences. It’s a subject we have not deliberated on; I want to confess about that. What drives us is the national Constitution, the values contained in it and the societal values,” said Zimta president, Richard Gundani.

“We don’t know what has led the particular teacher to do what he has done. At this moment it is best to protect the individual and try to understand what is happening.

“We also need to assess the community in which he is serving, because as a teacher or head one needs to be a role model to the students, conducting oneself in the best manner that suits the environment.”

Gundani, however, said the community should not be quick to judge.

“People must not judge, we need to understand why this is happening, prior to coming up with an intervention that suits both the community and the individual,” he said.

Comments (5)

Fire the idiot! We don't need to advertise such rubbish in Zim as if it is normal.

Greyhora - 26 September 2018

Why should he be fired? Iwe you have a bunch of small houses were you fired? When I was in school there were lots of teachers we suspected to be gay but never came out. Better to advertise with than deal with closeted teachers I say. Besides show me the part of the criminal code that says loving another man is illegal?

Moe Syszlack - 26 September 2018

This is a serious. Putting homosexuals in charge of young boys is a bit like giving a child the keys to a sweet shop. Of course these bum boys will be feasting on the young boys.

Pierre Trumpette - 26 September 2018

Do you mind a male teacher teaching your girls? Is every male teacher going to abuse your young girls? The same goes for a gay teacher at a boys school. He has been at the school many years and there has never been any wrong doing by him. You need to be progressive in your thinking. Do not judge lest you be judged.

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Robert Jassy - 27 September 2018

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