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Amazing whiz kids stranded

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THE headmaster of Mosi Oa Tunya High School in Victoria Falls, Roland Sibanda, and a former Education ministry official Dominic Mutanga are appealing to schools and sponsors to support three whiz kids who passed 2013 ‘O’ Level examinations with flying colours.

NDUDUZO TSHUMA
STAFF REPORTER

Sibanda yesterday told Southern Eye that Tonderai Sibanda got 11 As, Ian Ndlovu nine As and a B and Delma Lunga got eight As, a B and C at the Chinotimba-based school. He wants them to enrol at a good school offering science subjects, but being hindered by lack of money as they were from poor families.

“We do not offer science subjects at our school, but just arts and commercials.

“We just had a science laboratory, but it’s still at construction phase and we do not want to experiment with such brilliant minds,” Sibanda told Southern Eye.

“We are looking for a good school that offers science subjects whether in the province or outside the region. We are hoping that they would be assisted with admission and a sponsor for their education and whoever enrolls them won’t be disappointed.

“They are economically challenged. We picked Tonderai Sibanda from the streets selling various wares and put him in school.

“He did Form 1 and skipped Form 2 to 3 because of his intelligence.”

Sibanda said the three were currently stranded because they did not have money to travel to look for places at a good ‘A’ Level school and even if they were to get transport money, they would still need school fees.

“We have sought assistance from the (Matabeleland North) provincial education director Boitathelo Mnguni who is making efforts to find the boys a school.

“The other problem is that our ‘O’ Level results delayed by about five days and most schools had already enrolled students,” he said.

Sibanda said his school did not screen pupils like other schools which went for the cream to boost their results.

“Most schools take the best but we are non-selective and we take the students through a rigorous education exercise.

“We have others who had 5 As, among other subjects, but these three are our best,” Sibanda said.

“We have good facilities, but our enrolment stands at 1 550 pupils because we have been the only public school in this area since 1980. Because of our numbers, we do hot seating.”

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