Monday, May 14, 2012
Zimbabwe to build 750 new secondary schools
This article was written by Our reporter on 14 May, at 01 : 25 AM
Cabinet has approved a US$4.5 billion Education Medium-Term Plan, which will see the construction of 750 new secondary schools and refurbishment of over 24,000 classrooms by 2015, an official has said.
In a statement posted on his website, Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister David Coltart, said Cabinet unanimously approved the five-year education plan, which should have been implemented from 2010, on Tuesday.
Minister Coltart said the document was a product of three years of consultation within Zimbabwe and was designed to fully stabilise the education sector.
“The plan was unanimously endorsed by Cabinet and now enjoys the support from all three parties in the inclusive government,” he said.
“This is important because children’s interests should never be subjected to partisan interests. I can safely say that irrespective of whichever party wins the next elections, the plan will continue to be implemented,” he said.
Minister Coltart said the plan sought to revitalise libraries and the setting up of academies.
He said the plan built on Zimbabwe’s fine education traditions and has some key elements including the restoration of the professional status of teachers, comprehensive curriculum review and reform and the revitalisation of libraries.
Other key elements of the plan include the computerisation of the entire sector through the introduction of a new Education Management Information System (EMIS), the roll out of increased ICT application in all aspects of the curriculum and the introduction of academies, which would be centres of excellence.
The plan is also aimed at promoting marginalised languages, education of disadvantaged children and revitalisation of sports and culture, he said.
Zimbabwe’s education sector almost crumbled during the past decade under economic hardships triggered by economic sanctions that Western countries imposed.
Funding for the plan would come from the fiscus and international donors. — New Ziana.