Good Morning Dear Friends,
Today, I wish to share with you our Government’s progress on the construction of Education infrastructure across the country. During 2014, Government will accelerate the completion of the 52 secondary schools currently under construction and will further upgrade 220 strategically located basic schools into secondary schools countrywide. Under phase 1 a total sum of K320.2 million has been allocated for this activity. With regard to Higher Education, in 2013, the Chalimbana National In-Service Teacher’s College, Kwame Nkrumah College of Education and Copperbelt College of Education were transformed into Universities. Phase (2) construction works will continue at Kwame Nkrumah and Mukuba Universities while phase (1) construction works will continue at Chalimbana University. The construction of the Robert Kapasa Makasa University for Science and Technology has entered phase (2) and will continue. Construction of phase (1) of the Palabana University for Livestock Sciences started in 2013 and will continue, whilst the construction of phase (1) of the Paul Mushindo University has commenced. Further, the procurement process to engage contractors to design and build King Lewanika University at Namushakende in Western Province and Luapula University in Mansa has begun. The construction of these two universities is expected to start this year.
During this year, our Government will also commence the construction of three university colleges as follows: University College of Mathematics and Sciences in Nalolo district (Western Province); University College of Applied Arts in Katete district (Eastern Province); and University College of Technology (North Western Province). Let me emphasize to you Dear Friends, the construction of the universities is a major achievement for our country, which once completed will broaden opportunities of access to UNIVERSITY EDUCATION and help decongest our two public universities. It should be noted that our Government’s aim is to build a university in each province. Worth highlighting too, is that in the allocation to the Ministry of Education’s infrastructure budget of K404.3 million for University and other tertiary infrastructure is the allocation of K250 million to kick-start the construction of student hostels at the Public Universities (UNZA & CBU).
Last but not the least, I also wish to submit information on the recruitment and deployment of 4,500 teachers in 2013 as follows: (1) Copperbelt Province – 500; (2) Lusaka Province – 500; (3) Southern Province – 459; (4) Northern Province – 437; (5) Eastern Province – 441; (6) Luapula Province – 434; (7) Western Province – 434; (8) Muchinga Province – 420; (9) North Western Province – 434; and (10) Central Province – 441. MCS – 28/01/14