State Revokes Order On Vacation Lessons In Mat-North

GOVERNMENT has rescinded its order for mandatory vacation lessons during the April and August holidays for schools in Matabeleland North province. The order had been made by acting provincial education director Jabulani Mpofu to enable the schools to improve their Grade Seven pass rates and make up for time lost during teachers’ protests at the beginning of this term. The move was, however, fiercely resisted by rural teachers, who argued that the directive was made without their consent. The teachers also argued that the low pass rates recorded at rural…

#HappeningNow: President Hosts Idai Restoration Indaba

President Mnangagwa is currently hosting a round-table meeting of Government departments and corporate organisations working on Cyclone Idai infrastructure restoration and development with a view to speedily bring normalcy to the affected areas. Infrastructure that includes roads, bridges, school buildings, social amenities and houses, among others, estimated to be valued at billions of dollars was damaged by the cyclone that also claimed the lives of 344 people in Chimanimani and Chipinge. The President led his Government and visited the Cyclone Idai ravaged areas on several occasions to assess the damage…

Surprise Nominees For MDC Congress

MDC’s ongoing congress nomination process has produced some surprises in the individuals chosen for the main elective congress scheduled for next month. The youth assembly race is being led by Obey Sithole, who has received two nominations so far from both Matabeleland South and North ahead of the current secretary-general Lovemore Chinoputsa and fiery activist Haruziviishe Makomborero. Chinoputsa has one nomination so far from the United States branch. For the main wing, although MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has since received three nominations so far, there has not been the same…

‘Our Children Are Gasping’ – Senegal’s Toxic Air Battle

Two-year-old Thayi loves the aerosol therapy room at Senegal’s Albert Royer Children’s Hospital, where she gets to fall asleep on her mother’s lap, breathing deeply – something that is usually hard to do. The mask over her face pumps out medicine that soothes her asthmatic lungs, a condition worsened by air pollution. The hospital in the capital, Dakar, has a large unit dedicated to respiratory issues. Dr Idrissa Ba, who has been working there for 15 years, says the number of patients keeps growing and growing – something he thinks…

Price Hikes Choke Zim Growth Prospects: World Bank

THE World Bank (WB) says the currently spiralling price increases in Zimbabwe will have a negative impact on the country’s growth prospects. Earlier this year, the World Bank projected that Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would grow by 3,7% in 2019 while Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube had put the growth rate at 3,1%. “The increases in prices that we have witnessed since October last year will affect the growth rate for 2019. For 2018, in the first quarter the growth was real, but it was then disturbed…