Thirty-five schools to be constructed this year

By John Nhandara

THE education sector is set for major transformation with a total of 35 schools expected to be constructed this year after the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education completed the siting phase.

Officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education were this Wednesday summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education to explain various issues including the ZIMSEC Ordinary and Advanced level examination results and construction of schools.

“We as the legislators were querying why we were not consulted in the citing of schools and whether the four billion dollars given to the ministry is adequate for the construction of schools project,” said Torerayi Moyo, Chairperson – Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairperson on primary and secondary education.

The Ministry indicated that the country has a target to construct three thousand schools by 2025, hence the need to expedite construction of 35 schools that have been earmarked for this year.

The siting phase of the schools has already been completed.

“We have done siting of the schools. Our target is 35 schools this year. Once funds are in place we will start the project. We have no option considering that we have a target to build three thousand schools,” said Mrs Tumisang Thabela, Permanent Secretary-Ministry of primary and Secondary Education.

This comes just after the ministry of primary and secondary education signed an agreement with a private company which intends to build two thousand and sixty schools across the country.