Morgan High School in Arcardia is a co-educational school named after Leonard Ray Morgan, the first Permanent Secretary for Education in the then Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. This year, the Morgan High School headgirl is Moreblessing Mangwiro, while the headboy is Edgar Chimhaka. Harare News had a chat with them and here is what they had to say.
What makes a good leader?
Edgar: A good leader is the one who appreciates his or her community, leads by example, and strives hard to make it a better place.
Moreblessing: To be a good leader you should have courage, be transparent, have self-confidence, and always be a role model who shows the way.
How do you deal with conflict between students?
Edgar: At the moment the relationship between both sexes is good. The most common form of bullying is verbal abuse, and as a leader I offer counselling to the aggrieved parties. Usually they make amends, but if this fails, further steps like punishment or reporting to the school authorities is the last resort.
What is your take on romantic relationships between students?
Moreblessing: The school doesn’t tolerate that. Students being young may be tempted by peer pressure and bad parenting, but as a leader, I communicate with other girls so that they value their studies. Counselling is vital because we come from different backgrounds – others come from abusive families. In 2013, two students were expelled from school as a result of this.
Have you encountered drug abuse? How do you deal with it?
Edgar: As a leader no, I have not encountered it. But we had a case in 2011 where some form ones started acting funny in class, and were caught with bronco (bronclear cough syrup). Their parents were called. The students were punished and the supplier was expelled from school. One of them suffered headaches after consuming the drug. The school doesn’t condone that. In fact, the matter was reported to the police.
What do you think about child marriage?
Moreblessing: That is a bad practice. Every child should be treated with respect, given a chance to grow and make their own choices. In border areas it is very common. Some are driven by poverty, others because of monstrous traditional and religious beliefs. Parents should be educated about the dangers of this practice. It kills children’s future, especially the girl-child. Last year, I was in junior parliament and we lobbied against it.
How do you deal with students who bunk lessons or sports?
Edgar: I always give advice to students to value their education, telling them how their parents are struggling in these hard times to get them educated. Things are tough and you cannot afford to squander the chance of being able to go to school. As for sports, it is compulsory and during that period, the gate is locked so that no one can bunk.
What subjects are you doing and what will you do when you finish?
Edgar: I am studying Economics, Business studies, and Geography, after school I want to be an entrepreneur.
Moreblessing: I am doing Divinity, History and Literature, and after school I want to be a lawyer. I also have a passion for tourism and hospitality.
How can students make Harare a better city?
Moreblessing: Conduct inter-schools clean-ups as well as educating people about good hygiene, and the importance of a clean environment. ZESA must play its role so that trees are not cut down because of lack of energy.