Government has released K110 billon towards infrastructure development to the Ministry of Education to complete teachers’ houses and any other unfinished projects country-wide.
Education Permanent Secretary (PS) Andrew Phiri says government will now on engage the business community to help address infrastructure challenges government is faced with which government alone cannot manage to do.
Mr. Phiri observed that his ministry has a deficit of 35,000 housing units and urged the businessmen and women take advantage of the shortage of houses faced by the ministry and build houses for teachers.
The PS disclosed the release of the funds in Kitwe today when he inspected and toured Copperbelt College of Education (COSECO) and Kitwe Teachers’ College (KTC).
And speaking earlier, KTC Principal Mellice Mulwe commended government for the funds her institution is receiving.
Mrs. Mulwe further thanked the PS for having visited the College saying the visit has encouraged them to solve some of the challenges faced by the College.
Meanwhile, Mr. Phiri has expressed disappointment at the way some teachers who abuse children that are entrusted to them by parents.
The PS urged the teachers to uphold the teaching profession and behave because such reports reaching his Office were disturbing.
He warned those teachers engaging themselves and found wanting that they risked being dismissed.
Mr. Phiri encouraged both the pupils and parents to report all unscrupulous teachers to the police and other relevant law enforcement agencies.