THE Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has condemned the eviction of Porta Farm residents saying the relocation will prejudice more than 1 600 pupils currently enrolled at schools aroun
d the area.
PTUZ infor-mation officerMasimba Nya-manhindi told the Zimbabwe Independent on Wednesday that there were students registered to sit for their Grade Seven and Ordinary Level examinations at the end of the year at the two schools at Porta Farm but their hopes had been dashed.
“Zimsec (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council) candidate numbers are not transferable, and the effect on these students might be irreversible,”
Nyamanhindi said. Porta Farm has one primary and one secondary school with enrollments of 1 300 and 315 pupils respectively. The primary school employs 28 teachers while the secondary school has 11 teachers. National Housing minister Ignatius Chombo last month issued a directive for the settlers to vacate the farm by August 15. He said the settlers would be moved to Caledonia Farm close to Banket.
Nyamanhindi said most teachers stay in Norton and now face the daunting task of commuting all the way to Caledonia Farm.
“As it stands, the teachers face an uncertain future, there are no building structures at Caledonia farm, and schools have to be built,” Nyamanhindi said. “In any case the Ministry of Health clearly stated that if the residents of Porta Farm were to be moved to Caledonia Farm, the stands at the farm had to be serviced first because it is a health hazard.”
Some of the residents had registered as voters in Zvimba North constituency.