The Ministry of Education has disclosed that construction of World Bank financed Secondary Schools is expected to start before the end of 2023.


Ministry of Education Director Planning and Information, William Nyundu, said initial funds towards construction of the Secondary Schools was released into the accounts of individual schools.


Mr. Nyundu said the local administration and both civic leaders and the communities were aware of the development and highly expectant to see construction works commence.


He was speaking in Ndola on 4th November 2023, shortly after concluding a fact-finding mission he led to Central and Copperbelt Provinces.


The mission was aimed at checking on Secondary Schools to be constructed with financial support from the World Bank and also to check on new sites selected for construction of additional Secondary Schools.


The team was also looking at environmental, social and safety protection issues.


The team that comprised officials from th e Ministry of Education, the World Bank and the Zambia Education Programme Coordination Unit (ZEPCU) visited Chibombo, Chismaba, Kabwe,Mpongwe and Ndola.


“The process of constructing these World Bank Financed Schools has already started, the local communities have opened accounts and they have seen that initial monies have been deposited in their accounts. As a Ministry, we will now start conducting capacity building workshops to train local task force teams on how to handle finances.” Mr. Nyundu explained.


And Central Province Permanent Secretary, Milner Mwanakampwe, expressed gratitude to the World Bank for the financial help being rendered in the construction of schools in the country.


Mr. Mwanakampwe was particularly happy with the 12 Secondary Schools that are at different levels of construction in Central Province.


In Ndola, Chifubu Constituency Member of Parliament, Lloyd Lubozha, was happy with the visit of the team, saying that the development assured the local people that construction of the school will start very soon.


Mr. Lubozha assured the delegation that he will ensure maximum support towards the project from the local community.


Meanwhile in Mpongwe district, Chief Machiya of the Lamba people of Mpongwe District, on the Copperbelt said free education is a greatest gift that government has given to its people.


The Chief observed that an educated person is easy to govern as is enlightened and able to fend for oneself and contribute to national development.


He expressed his excitement with the selection of his Chiefdom for construction of a Boarding Secondary School.


“We are very excited with the news that construction of a Boarding Secondary School will commence soon. The absence of a Boarding School has had a lot of negative effects on our girl children as most of them could not walk long distances to attend day schools.”

He explained that weekly boarding houses also contributed to early pregnancies and eventually dropping out of Schools.


And Mpongwe District Commissioner Burton Mukomba told the team when it called on him at his office that the coming of a Boarding School in Chief Machiya’s area is a huge boost as it will benefit about three chiefdoms.


Meanwhile Girma Woldetsadick, the Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank who is also Task Team Leader, explained that the World Bank wants the project to start as soon as possible especially that funds have already started being released.


He was happy that all the stakeholders are actively involved in the initial stages.


Mr. Woldetsadick further explained that, the few concerns of environmental social and safety protection observed during the fact-finding mission will be quickly dealt with so that the project is not delayed any further.


And Dr. Masauso Banda, the Education Specialist at the World Bank Zambia Office, said the World Bank team undertook the mission to learn from the experiences faced during construction of schools.


He explained that the Bank wants to replicate the success and ensure that the challenges are avoided.


The Copperbelt Provincial Education Officer, Dr. Stephen Chishiko, noted that his office will ensure that maximum supervision is taken during construction of the Machiya Boarding Secondary School.

Meanwhile Central Province Provincial Education Officer, Mambe Hamududu, assured the team that her provincial office has continued to strictly monitor all the schools under construction in the province. 


And ZEPCU Coordinator, Martin Liywlii, explained that his unit want to understand challenges faced so that they are not repeated as the project progresses.


On the Copperbelt, the team visited sites at Minsundu and Mapalo Secondary Schools in Ndola while in Mpongwe district, Machiya and Kalweo Secondary Schools where inspected.


And in Central Province the team visited Chowa Mpanga Day Secondary School in Chisamba and Kang’omba Day Secondary School in Chibombo district.


Government with support from the World Bank is implementing the Zambia Education Enhancement Project (ZEEP).


The ZEEP project was initially from 2017 to 2022 and the World Bank made available $60 million that saw 82 Secondary Schools constructed in 7 Provinces of the country.


However, in May 2020, the World Bank Board made an additional financing of US$120 million, making ZEEP a US$180 million operation.


With the additional financing, the project’s scope has expanded and implementation period extended to 2025, meaning that in addition to the 82 Secondary Schools, government is now constructing a further 120 Secondary Schools in all the 10 provinces of the country. #moecommunications

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