The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education has upgraded a total of 220 basic schools into secondary schools.
Ministry Spokesperson Hillary Chipango said the upgraded schools were so far performing very well.
Mr. Chipango said the ministry was therefore happy with the performance of secondary schools that were last year upgraded from basic schools countrywide.
He disclosed this development in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He noted that the programme has benefited mainly rural pupils who were finding it very difficult to have access to distant secondary schools.
Mr. Chipango observed that government has already achieved 70 percent in its upgrading programme.
He has also said government will this year recruit 5,000 teachers noting that his ministry was planning to send most of them to upgraded schools to solve the challenges shortages and unqualified staff.