Government avails funding for the construction of schools

By John Nhandara

THE government has partnered with a private player in the construction of schools with 35 primary and secondary schools set to be constructed this year alone.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Evelyn Ndlovu and officials from her ministry appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education chaired by Gokwe Chireya legislator, Honourable Torerai Moyo, to explain the state of the education sector in the country.

Dr Ndlovu explained that the government has availed funding for the construction of 19 primaries and 16 secondary schools this year.

“We got $4 680 000 for the construction of schools with the hope of constructing 50 schools, so far we have partnered with a private player for the project,” said Dr Ndlovu.

The need to decentralise the recruitment of teachers also came under the spotlight.

“Why are you not decentralising the recruitment of teachers, for example in Binga, Matabeleland, you have to recruit teachers from the community who understand the local language,” said Stars Mathe, Nkayi South legislator.

“We are engaging the Public service commission on the decentralisation of teachers’ recruitment,” responded Learnson Tagara, the Chief Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

The committee also interrogated officials from the ministry on issues to do with, teachers’ attendance and provision of sanitary wear in schools, among other issues.