The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education has this year targeted to recruit a total number of 5,000 teachers in order to improve staffing levels in schools around the country.
Ministry Spokesperson Hilary Chipango said the 5,000 teachers will be able to balance the teacher-pupil ratio in all government schools.
Mr. Chipango said each school will have enough teachers that are needed according to the number of pupils the institution has.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Chipango said the 5,000 teachers that will be recruited will be divided among early education, primary education and secondary education sectors.
He said this will create employment for the teachers that have graduated.
He added that the ministry, which is also in the process of constructing new schools across the country, would be done by mid this year.
Mr. Chipango said that K500 million was allocated in this year’s budget for constructing new schools in all provinces.
He said schools such as Kabanana Secondary School in Lusaka were almost ready to be opened noting that only external works were remaining to complete the institution.
Mr. Chipango said the construction of these schools in all the provinces would be able to cut the long distances pupils used to cover when going to their different schools as these new institutions were being built within people’s localities.
He has since assured the country that about 118 schools would be built by August this year.