M153.9 million boost for education quality enhancement

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By Nicole Tau

The African Development Bank has given a grant of M153 961 500 million to the government of Lesotho towards the upgrading of school infrastructures and teachers’ training.

African Development Bank Group’s press release issued on 29th June 2020 notes that the bank had embarked on The Support to Education Quality Enhancement (EDUC III) project in Lesotho which was initially implemented in 2008 and 2016.

The press release also states that ADB had allowed a loan of $2 million from the African Development Fund, which provides concessional loans and grants to low-income countries.

The project enriched the primary and secondary education in Lesotho as well as equipped the teachers with skills to assist them in better work opportunities.

“On the completion of the project, 12 secondary schools had been built and modernized, including 35 new classrooms, seven administrative buildings, 12 science laboratories, two girl’s residences, kitchens and dining halls. Housing units for students and staff and toilet blocks were also contracted, according to the project completion report le by Patience Ugonma Ekoh senior education analyst at the African Development Bank,” the press release reads.

Since the inception of the project in 2008 and 2016, the press release further notes that Lesotho now has 1500 trained and 1718 instructional methods trained teachers in secondary education.

In addition, “Eighteen staff members took study tours and three completed their long-term training and received their Master’s degrees,” the report reads.

“For primary instruction, at least 1400 teachers received one week of specialized instructional training and 160 trained to become instructors themselves… Training were also held for 2200 teachers (three per school) inappropriate instructional methods… Due to limited resources, only one female staff member in RVET participated in a Master’s degree programme out of four expected beneficiaries,” the press release reads.

A total of 140 000 of books and 2860 teacher’s guides were distributed in secondary schools.

Based on the bank’s report, the project’s short-term training objectives were completely achieved and its impact was monumental in assisting the Ministry of Education and Training with providing Basotho learners with access to high-quality education.

Ministry of Education and Training was not immediately available for comment before going to publish.

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