Farayi Machamire 16 August 2017
HARARE – The Primary and Secondary Education ministry is inviting bids for
the construction of 117 schools.
Zimbabwe is currently saddled with a deficit of 2 056 schools.
Cabinet in August 2015 directed the Primary and Secondary Education
ministry to start construction of 100 schools before that year ended but
no school has been built yet.
“You would appreciate that in 2013 there was a survey which showed that we
had a deficit of 2 056 schools,” Sylvia Utete-Masango, Primary and
Secondary Education ministry permanent secretary said yesterday.
“We were able to get investment partners and through the Opec Fund (for
International Development), we will be constructing 17 schools.
“Then there is the joint venture with the Infrastructure Development Bank
whose first phase will see the construction of 100 schools.”
The Opec Fund for International Development involves a $20 million grant
loan facility expected to be repaid in over 15 years, with a five-year
The Lazarus Dokora-led ministry last week flighted an advert inviting
registered contractors, who were interested in building the schools, to
submit expression of interest documents to the ministry’s offices in