Building Fund Comeback In The Pipeline

The government is considering re-introducing a building fund levy to raise capital for the construction and up-grading schools’ infrastructure.

In an effort to raise funds to build new schools in areas such as Binga where children walk very long distances to access educational facilities, the government has hinted it might re-introduce the building fund levy.

Responding to a call by chiefs in Binga for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to formalise satellite schools established in the district, Minister Lazarus Dokora said all the satellite schools in the district will be up-graded to examination centre status.

Binga district has 56 primary and 26 satellite secondary schools.

The minister hailed the launch of Tonga text books for the secondary school level, saying uplifting indigenous languages is commendable.

Starting in 2015, students in the Tonga dialect areas such as Binga, Gokwe North and Nyaminyami will sit for their first Tonga ‘O’ level examinations.

The local leadership has however been challenged to encourage the youths to enrol as teachers as there is a shortage of trained people who can speak the local languages.