Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), today organized a pre- budget consultation meeting to give residents of eMzinyathini (Ward 4), Umzingwane District a platform to discuss key issues that need to be included in the 2019 budget.
Participants placed their priority on the issue of water at Mbizingwe School. They highlighted that pupils’ lives are constantly put at risk as they continue learning without access to any water facility in the school. This, the participants said is breeding ground for deadly ailments such as cholera, typhoid and other water-borne diseases.
The very high teacher-pupil ratio was also identified as a challenge in the areas which the local authority and the Ministry of Education should work together to resolve. Participant said Umzingwane Rural District Council should allocate funds to the construction of teacher cottages as this makes the schools in the ward unattractive to qualified teachers.
However, the local Councilor Jethro Moyo urged the community to diligently pay school fees for their children as there is a correlation between payment of school fees and school development.
The councilor implored the community to unite despite belonging to different political formations. He cited an example of the mother’s waiting home constructed by the community after collectively resolving to unite above trivial differences.
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