$9m for learn­ing ma­te­rial

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT has se­cured $9 mil­lion to pur­chase learn­ing and teach­ing ma­te­ri­als for pri­mary and sec­ondary schools un­der the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

The ma­te­rial will ben­e­fit Early Child De­vel­op­ment A, Grades One and Three as well as Forms One, Three and Five.

The de­vel­op­ment is also ex­pected to boost the lo­cal book and pub­lish­ing in­dus­try.

In an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail last week, Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Lazarus Dokora said, “We have se­cured $9 mil­lion from our de­vel­op­ment part­ners so that we can pro­cure learn­ing re­lated ma­te­rial in line with the new cur­ricu­lum.

“These in­clude books, but we are also look­ing at other learn­ing kits which can be used in the ed­u­ca­tion of our pupils. There is no doubt that this money will stim­u­late growth in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor as jobs will be cre­ated and the down­stream ef­fect will be mas­sive.

“We will see new books in the sec­tor soon. Peo­ple are be­ing em­ployed as we speak and that is con­tent creators, ed­i­tors and so on,” said Min­is­ter Dokora.

The Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has al­ready part­nered with lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties such as Univer­sity of Zim­babwe, Mid­lands State Univer­sity, Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity and Zim­babwe Open Univer­sity to im­prove skills for teach­ers.

Gov­ern­ment rolled out the new cur­ricu­lum in Jan­uary af­ter a pi­lot project last year.

Min­is­ter Dokora

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