President Michael Sata has announced that his administration has undertaken to construct and complete secondary schools in all the ten (10) provinces of Zambia in order to enhance access to quality education for all.
During the period 2011 to 2012, a total of 83 schools have been under construction countrywide. Out of the 83 schools; 44 are almost finished and are scheduled for commissioning in January 2013.
A further 35 secondary schools have been earmarked for construction countrywide in the period 2012 to 2013.
The number of secondary schools earmarked for construction in the period 2012 to 2013 Province by Province is as follows: Three (3) of the schools are in Central Province, Copperbelt (4), Western Province (3), Lusaka (3) and Luapula Province (5).
The rest are Eastern Province (3), Northern Province (4), Muchinga (4) North Western (3) and Southern Province (3).
The Head of State revealed that for the year 2013, the Government has further earmarked the construction on four (4) colleges to specifically train teachers in Mathematics and Sciences.
The four colleges will be located in Kabompo, Nchelenge, Senanga and Katete.
“Our aspiration is to put together a well-organized, valuable and reliable public education system through substantial investments in educational infrastructure. As Government we have an obligation to structure and shape the future of our general populace, particularly the younger citizens, who constitute a greater part of our population,” President Sata said.
“This Government will not leave out any part of the country in distributing development and will work towards unifying our people even in the share of resources, and this is but only the beginning of tremendous efforts directed at rebuilding Zambia as a prosperous and inclusive nation, whose people will work hard together in unity across their diverse backgrounds.”
Meanwhile, President Sata has transferred Lusaka Province minister Hon. Colonel Gerry Chanda to Northern Province in the same capacity. Hon. Col. Chanda has swapped with Hon. Freedom Sikazwe, who is now the new Lusaka Province minister.
And President Sata has also swapped Eastern province minister Hon. Charles Banda with his Muchinga Province counterpart Hon. Malozo Sichone.
The changes are with immediate effect.