The Ministry of Education in Eastern Province has received a grant of 50, 000 United States dollars from Invest trust Bank to help support the “Read to Succeed” programme.
This came to light last evening at the 2013 end of year party for the Ministry of Education in Chipata.
Officiating at the event, Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza, announced that the “Read to Succeed” project had received adequate funding to facilitate for reading materials to be made available to learners.
Mr Mwanza described this as a welcome move adding that there was need to improve the performance of learners in the province this year.
He explained that government was committed to enhancing the education system in Zambia, by introducing initiatives like the Lets Read Zambia campaign, as well as the introduction of the use of vernacular as a medium of teaching in schools.
The PEO urged the Ministry to work on the challenges faced in the previous year, and encouraged the unions to continue urging the teachers to be more dedicated to offering quality service.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwanza also bade farewell to 11 retirees from the Ministry last evening.
He said that this was the biggest number of retirees recorded since 2009 when the Ministry started hosting the end of year party in the province.