Upon my return from graduate school I was very keen to reconnect with the schools that I had worked with before just to touch base and chart ways for our joined future work. In casual chat, school officials would ask me about my time away and I (in return) would ask about major school changes/developments in my absence. At every school, without fail, they would mention – we bought a bus – excitedly. I heard it so often that I began to wonder if there was something about this bus issue that I was missing. Even conversations with parents and students yielded the same excited sentiments. The more I asked and read around the more I found that there was indeed a growing trend at that time [August 2014] for schools to invest in ‘state-of-the-art’ buses. A newspaper article reported how one school in Chivi district bought a bus worth US$110 000 and this was hailed as an empowerment to the school.