Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
Government has availed about $9 million for the acquisition of teaching and learning materials for the new curriculum, an official has said. Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa last year allocated the ministry $18 million for the implementation of the new curriculum.
Addressing school heads, teachers’ unions and other educationists at Masvingo Civic Centre during a symposium on the new curriculum on Tuesday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima said Government is moving with haste to implement the new extended curriculum.
Prof Mavima said the new curriculum will also see the construction of 2 056 state-of-the-art schools within a period of five years and the number of schools per province will depend on the need.
“We have received $9 million for the procurement of learning and teaching materials under the education development fund. The fund is administered by UNICEF,” he said.
Prof Mavima said the fund had started working and the ministry is already buying the needed materials for the complete implementation of the new curriculum.
“The fund has already started working and we are already procuring the needed learning and teaching material. We are going to get the additional $10 million for the same, under global partnership for education.
“We are working on the constructing of 2 056 primary and secondary schools in the next five years, starting with 17 schools this January, with Mashonaland West scheduled to get more schools. The province has many satellite schools given the highest number of A1 farms.
“After the 17 schools, which should be completed this year at a cost of $1,5 million per school, we are going to build another 166 schools. We are introducing state-of-the-art schools with a science laboratory, computer laboratory and staff houses, all connected to piped water and electricity or solar energy.”
Professor Mavima said the ministry will receive another $3,5 million boost for the development of Information Communication and Technologies in schools and engagement with service providers is already underway.