- Vungwi Primary School
Vungwi Primary School, can also be written as Vhungwi and also pronounced as Vhumbwi is a primary school in
Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The school was built in 1905 making it one of the oldest schools in Zimbabwe. It is along the road between Cha Cha Cha Townshipor, Donga Town Shipand Tongogara High Schoolin Shurugwi Rural Areasunder the chieftainship of Chief Nhema.The school was known for its academic excellency during the late 80s and early 90s when it was used to attain a pass rate of 100% on the national grade 7 examinations set by the Ministry of Education, Zimbabwe. During this time it was believed to be among the top 10 schools in the country besides the fact that it was a rural school. At the same time the school used to be very good in soccer, singing and also Dumbells. The schoolenjoyed massive developments and improvements under the guidance of now the late Solomon A.A. Mantonsi who was the headmasterat the school for more than 20 years.
Life after Vungwi (after Grade 7)
Most graduating pupils after complete their grade 7, go to
Pakame Mission, Dadaya Mission, Tongogara High School, Hanke Mission and many other schools all over the country. Pupils from poor family who can not afford boarding school fees goes to the nearby secondary schools such as Mupangayi Secondary Schooland Rusununguko Secondary Schoolwhere they see most of their childhood dreams vanish. The school is also known for its highly disciplined pupils and tidyness. Volley ball was introduced at the school in 1987, however lack of sponsorship shows this sport disappeared. It is also a Methodistrun school, Pakame Mission, Tumba Primary Schoolthe little Wida Primary Schoolare the sister schools. The most well known headmaster who helped in the establishment of a strict regime at Vungwi Primary School is Mr Matonsi. Ever since his death Vungwi primary school has not been the same. During his era as headmaster, Vungwi used to come as one of the top primary schools in Midlands, playing second only to Bata Primary School from Gweru.
The school remain one of the biggest schools with average students of 800 per year out of 21 classes with an average of 3 classes per grade. The school has recently been electrified. It is about 30km (18 miles) from
Shurugwitown and 10 km from TongogaraHigh School and Growth Point. It is only 3 km from Cha Cha Cha Town Ship.
ports and other activities
Football( Soccer) and netballare the two major sporting actives at the school. Athletics and volley ball are also found but to a lesser extend. There is a terraced agricultural garden at the school where each class have a plot to grow vegetables for sale, however most products find their way to the houses of the teachers.
In 1985, the Japanese company sank a borehole on the area. The sister school, or the
secondary schoolis called Mupangayi Secondary Schoolwhich was initially called Vungwi Secondary School, only 2 km away East along the Tongogara road. The school was named after the tribe name, the Dubes from the surrounding areas who lost a considerable land to accommodate the school. There is also well generally known as mugodhiin shona at the school's garden which is probably as old as the school itself. Of late the District Development Fundsank a lot of boreholes around Vungwi.
Rural Electrification Program
The school benefited from the
Rural Electrification Programbut remains largely dark due to power shortages in Zimbabwe.
Many students are from
Furusa, Marira, Murashiki, Mbengo Maveza, Mandiziva, Mhuriand ChikomoVillages. Due to the quality of education provided at this school, most pupils travel longer distances to school. Some pupils shun their closest schools in favour of Vungwi Primary School. Others in fact bypass smaller schools such as Wida Primary Schoolon their way to Vungwi Primary.
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