Govt Defends Headmaster Accused Of Banning Shona Songs

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The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has dismissed allegations that Magwegwe High School headmaster Mr William Ncube banned the singing of Shona songs at his school.

Speaking to The Chronicle, Bulawayo Acting Provincial Education Director (PED) Mrs Olicah Kaira said investigations had proved that the allegations were false. She also denied allegations that she had banned the use of the Shona language in the province. Said Kaira:

We have done the necessary investigations and established that Mr Ncube addressed a team of pupils in a bus going for provincial sporting events at the White City Stadium. He encouraged pupils to show that Bulawayo, as a metropolitan province is diverse and do that through song and dance, in line with the new curriculum. He advised pupils to sing in all the 16 official languages, especially in preparation for the national competitions which will be held at the same venue.

Kaira also said the ministry was not convinced that the anonymous open letter accusing Ncube of banning Shona songs was written by pupils.

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