Bulawayo Government Schools Facelift

The Chronicle

Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter
The GOVERNMENT has partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to construct new classroom blocks and renovate old ones in several schools in Bulawayo in line with the National Development Strategy (NDS1).

National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1)

Under NDS1, the government will pay particular attention to expanding access and participation in education for marginalized populations in rural and urban areas, with the private sector to play a key role such as government. considering the strategic economic plan.

As part of the implementation of Vision 2030 anchored on the NDS1, the government has approved the construction of 3,000 new schools by 2025 due to the phenomenal increase in learner enrollment which has resulted in the need for create more educational institutions in the country.

In Bulawayo, the government partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build new classrooms and science lab blocks, as well as renovate classrooms and toilets at the Cowdray Park Primary School, Pumula South Secondary School, Mncumbatha Secondary School and Mandwandwe Secondary School. , Emganwini High School and Maphisa Primary School.

A block of classrooms under construction at Mandwandwe High School

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Decentralization Minister Judith Ncube visited schools on Monday to assess progress.

“I am grateful to see a lot of work being done by the government in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of these new classroom blocks were built and completed within two weeks,” she said.

“We want more classrooms to address the issue of hot-sitting.

As a government, we are happy to see that we have private actors who are committed to complementing us in such development projects in our province.

Minister Ncube said ongoing developments indicate that the country is making progress towards achieving Vision 2030.

She said that due to the hot-sitting, there has been a drop in the success rate.

“We are moving in the right direction to achieve our national vision of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

If you look at these structures that are put in place, it is part of a process of improving the success rate,” said Minister Ncube.

“The shortage of classrooms has a negative impact on the pass rate, as children are exposed to hot sitting sessions, which is not user-friendly for learners, teachers, parents and the government, hence the need to work together.”

Bulawayo’s acting provincial director of education, Ms Jane Ndebele, said the province had been hit by a shortage of learning spaces.

“We greatly appreciate the support we receive from the church in terms of the growth and development of our schools.

Most of our schools are hot-seated which requires learners to attend classes for a short time as they will be sharing the learning space,” she said.

“With these new developments, students will spend more time in school and results will improve.”

The Director of Communications and Public Affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Stephen Guwa, said through their arm, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Charity, that they have built classrooms and renovated classrooms in Bulawayo in the province of Matabeleland North.

“From our side as a church, we are complementing government efforts in the education sector by building new classrooms and renovating old ones to ensure children have better learning facilities.

So far, we have renovated six schools in Bulawayo and drilled boreholes and fitted classrooms with furniture,” he said.

“We received a call from the permanent secretary for primary and secondary education asking for our help. We also managed to build classroom blocks, teacher houses at Johanna MaFuyana Primary School in Nyamadlovu.

Ms Olica Kaira

The Chief Director of Primary, Secondary and Non-Formal Education at the Ministry, Ms. Olicah Kaira, recently told the Parliamentary Primary and Secondary Education Portfolio Committee that the government has since released $4.69 billion for the construction of 35 model schools in all regions of the country. 10 counties.

Already, sites for schools have been identified under the program, 19 primary schools and 16 secondary schools will be built, eight of which will offer secondary boarding schools.

Of the 35 school sites, 25 are satellite schools already operating without adequate infrastructure.

The government has set a target of building 3,000 new schools by 2025 to decongest schools. Private actors were invited to join the Second Republic in this enterprise.

There are 9,778 schools, with 6,798 primary schools and 2,980 secondary schools, with a total enrollment of 4,659,993.

The construction project will be implemented in phases next year, starting with 100 and 144 21st-century model public primary and secondary schools spread across the country’s 10 provinces.

A primary boarding school and a secondary boarding school with adequate state-of-the-art facilities will be constructed in each of the country’s 72 districts.

The Treasury will fund the first 144 schools, while public-private or joint venture agreements will be worked out to help build the three thousand new schools needed.

— @mashnets.

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