Govt commits to built 35 schools

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GOVERNMENT says it will build 35 new schools across the country this year.

Speaking at the Global Action Week for Education launch at Karoi Enterprise Secondary School on Wednesday, Primary and Secondary Education minister Evelyn Ndlovu said: ‘‘As we gather at this school that may seem marginalised within a farming community, let me retaliate the importance of education that must be everyone’s right. Government has committed itself to build 35 schools this year and act as a way of closing the gap on infrastructure development.’’

Ndlovu also said ensuring education rights were observed was a collective responsibility for every Zimbabwean and donated $300 000 on behalf of government towards the construction of a new block at the school.

 Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (Ecozi) chairperson Lydia Madyirapazhe challenged the government to invest more in quality education and empowering the girl child.

‘‘We call upon the government to protect and guarantee the fulfilment of the right to public quality education for all amid COVID-19 crisis by providing and empowering safe, respected, inclusive and accessible learning environments, ” Madyirapazhe said.

Ecozi is an umbrella body that brings together 67 organisations dealing with education rights for learners in Zimbabwe.

Karoi Enterprise Secondary School, established in 1987, has two classroom blocks, but no staff accommodation. The school head Helen Nyanzira said teachers at the school commute daily from Karoi town.