Govt to expedite schools construction

By John Nhandara

THE Government has put in place the necessary frameworks for the construction of new schools through an array of short and long term measures and partnerships, with 35 learning facilities set to be built this year.

An increase in learners enrolment has resulted in Government through treasury and private partnerships, embarking on an ambitious schools infrastructure development programme.

This comes after cabinet approved the construction of three thousand new schools by 2025, with 35 of them set to be constructed before the end of this year.

Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairperson on Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Torerai Moyo says there is no going back on the schools infrastructure development programme, with the ultimate goal of reducing the distance travelled by learners to access educational facilities.

“We will be building three schools per province this year and our main objective is to make sure learners do not travel long distances to access schools. We have a backlog of 3 000 schools and we are working with treasury to release funds so that we expedite construction of schools,” said Honourable Moyo.

The development comes after Harare Metropolitan Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti announced that all unregistered schools in Harare will be shut down after failing to comply with the Education Act.