Minister of education has told parliament that covid-19, lack of land, politicization, cement shortage and prefabricated buildings have affected implementation of secondary education expansion for Development SEED project.

Presenting the ministerial statement in the national assembly Agness Nyalonje said through SEED project worth 90 million dollars government is expected to construct expand and build 250 secondary schools across the country.

Nyalonje said first phase of the project was designed to expand existing secondary schools in four cities since August 2019.

She said as of 28th August the construction work of 30 community day secondary schools had reached 75.4 percent completion rate.

“SEED project aims at increasing number of secondary school places for the youth,  reduce HIV risk for adolescent girls and challenges of teenage pregnancies,” said Nyalonje

According to the education minister initial plan to complete and handover to the ministry was on 11th September but due to covid-19 restictions and travel bans this has been shifted to 28th November.

Nyalonje said implementation of the project has also been affected by having to develop capacity to work with prefabricated buildings which are new in Malawi

On SEED phase 2 she said the Ministry will construct new community day secondary schools in rural areas where historically secondary school access has been limited.

The minister said group one of the phase covering 40 schools in 12 education districts has begun