700 schoolgirls stage demo over food, water – The Herald

Date: August 1, 2012
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Name: 700 schoolgirls stage demo over food, water

Name of publication: The Herald

Name of Journalist: George Maponga

Date: 18 June 2012

Country: Zimbabwe

Theme: Education; Health

Skills: Portrayal,Sources

Genre: Features

Gem classification: Gender Aware


Nearly 700 Mukaro High School pupils sneaked out of their dormitories early yesterday morning and walked to the district education office to protest against water problems and poor food at the school. Authorities at the Catholic-run girls’ boarding school were stunned when they woke up to find the dormitories deserted. All the pupils from Form One to Form Six walked 20km to Mpandawana Growth Point in Gutu in protest over food and water woes. They braved the chilly weather and marched from the school at 2am and arrived at the district education office at Mpandawana around 6am. When news filtered that the pupils had besieged the education offices, a school bus was rushed to ferry them back to school. The bus reportedly made several trips to and from Mpandawana.


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