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Delayed school project has started—Ministry

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Benedicto Kondowe

The Ministry of Education has disclosed that phase one of Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary School (Equals) Project, which was once billed as the panacea for infrastructure development problems in the country, has started.

The initiative was launched in 2019 through a $90 million loan facility and $5 million grant from the World Bank.

“For your information, we are expected to conduct a handover ceremony to contractors at Wilore Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Karonga District next week,” Secretary for Education Chikondano Mussa told The Daily Times Thursday.

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She said the project will transform service delivery in the education subsector, citing community day secondary schools.

“The first phase of the project is the construction of various structures in 103 schools in 13 districts of Karonga, Chitipa, Mangochi, Machinga, Kasungu, Mchinji, Phalombe, Zomba, Balaka, Mwanza, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Lilongwe,” Mussa said.

She said site handover in Karonga marks the start of the works nationwide.

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“State-of-the-art structures will be constructed in schools,” Mussa said.

Meanwhile, Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe has faulted the government for delaying the project.

“The project commencement has delayed and this can have a ripple effect on timely execution and delivery of set deliverables,” Kondowe said.

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