FOURTEEN pupils were injured on Thursday morning after a classroom block at Globe and Phoenix Primary School collapsed into a mine shaft underneath.
The floor collapsed as a result of illegal mining activities happening in the school premises.
The Civil Protection Unit chairperson in Kwekwe, Fortune Mpungu said as of mid-day Thursday, 14 students had been hospitalized and all school activities suspended while authorities were looking for temporary learning space.
“Fourteen children so far have been rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital. All school activities have been suspended until a geo survey has been done.
“We are looking for alternative learning space within the surrounding areas. We have requested temporary tents from the Red Cross for learning purposes, it will be a complete package of tents and toilets.
“We are also engaging surrounding schools to absorb the learners for the period whilst a long-term solution is found,” said Mpungu.
Kwekwe Central Member of Parliament Judith Tobaiwa said there have been signs that the incident was going to happen.
“Not long ago I recommended immediate action after having visited the school and noticed the signs.
“It is important for authorities to listen,” Tobaiwa said.