MASVINGO CITY- In a move that is aimed at curbing wayward behaviour by learners, Victoria High located in the leafy suburb of Rhodene has banned kombis from bringing students at the school.
The banning of the kombis is one of the measures the school is taking to fight drug and substance abuse by learners and sexual harassment of female students by rowdy drivers and conductors.
Instead, the school authorities entered into a partnership with the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO), to be the school’s official transporter of students to and from the institution.
The move has been received well by the parents, guardians and stakeholders, saying the partnership will go a long way in protecting students from dangers associated with using kombis which are associated with rude behaviour.
Victoria High was opened in 1959 and for the first twenty years the school’s students were primarily whites, with no Africans admitted.
This changed in 1979 in the era of the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe.
Victoria high school became a model school and most sought after institution due to its top-notch standards.
The school’s Deputy Head, Rumbidzai Muzunze who joined the school at the end of last year said students must have integrity and the school’s reputation to protect as its ambassadors.
“When I joined the school towards the end of last term, school children were using different modes of transport to and from the school.
“There was no uniformity that’s why you would find some students loitering around in the CBD wearing uniforms even after school hours because they were no proper transport schedules for the day students,” said Muzunze.
She said the authorities were also seized with reports of female students facing sexual harassment at the hands of some rogue private kombi crews who took advantage of vulnerable pupils in need of transport.
“That transport system exposed the girl child to a lot of hazards while the boys were also using the opportunity to experiment on alcohol and drugs with some ill-behaved conductors.
“We discussed as teachers and after lengthy deliberations we decided to engage the services of one reputable transporter and we settled for ZUPCO,” she said.
The arrangement will see the company releasing 14 kombis and 2 buses to ferry day students from the school to their homes and vice versa on a strict daily timetable.
The arrangement also includes students’ weekend study schedules.
Victoria High, School Development Committee chairperson Phabian Mabaya welcomed the development and said no parent will ever complain about children coming home at odd hours due to transport challenges.
‘This is a positive development in protecting our children, we applaud the school authorities for coming up with such an initiative.
“We are assured of the safety of our children and as parents it makes it easier to monitor their movements,” he said.