A private company intending to build 2 060 schools across the country has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and is already mobilising funds for the construction.
The development was announced by Minister Evelyn Ndlovu last week while briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education on the state of the education sector.
Minister Ndlovu said the agreement was signed between her ministry and Tech Brands after Cabinet approved the construction of 3 000 new schools by 2025. She said:
There’s a private player who signed an agreement during the tenure of the previous minister in 2021 and this private player has promised to build at least 2 060 schools and these schools would be donated to Government.
So we are moving fast. We are supposed to work with partners to come up with that infrastructure in five years.
Currently, there are 9 778 public schools, 6 798 primary and 2 980 secondary, catering for over 4.9 million pupils.
The Government intends to build 35 schools this year (16 primary and 19 secondary schools), a downward revision from the targeted 50 due to resource constraints.
She said the sites for the schools had been identified while designs were done by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.
Government policy is to ensure that no child walks more than 5km to school.
Some existing day schools will be converted into boarding schools, while some low-cost boarding facilities will be constructed at existing schools as the need arises.
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