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The Global Partnership for Education board has granted $23,6 million for teacher retraining in Zimbabwe

Reports by Obey Manayiti

According to the Global Partnership for Education Grants, $439 million was disbursed to enhance the quality of education for children in 12 low income countries, including Zimbabwe.

“The Global Partnership for Education’s Board of Directors approved $439 million in grants to 12 developing countries, providing critical funding and momentum towards quality education for all children,” the board said in a statement yesterday.

“This new financing will increase access to basic education in fragile states, improve the quality of education, generate measurable results and champion girls’ education.”

Global Partnership chief executive officer Alice Albright said the funding was crucial for the benefiting countries to make progress on getting all children into school for quality education.

Education minister David Coltart said the funds would be channelled towards teacher retraining, professional development and performance, as well as capacity building for strategic planning, budgeting and monitoring of results.

MDC-T to chastise MP

MDC-T is reportedly mooting disciplinary action against one of its leaders in Chipinge, Godfrey Chenjerai, who allegedly caused the arrest of Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami and six other party activists following a fall-out at a restructuring exercise in the district two weeks ago.

Violence broke out at Chipinge Community Hall in front of senior party members, including national executive members Lucia Matibenga, Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya and Manicaland Women’s Assembly boss Keresenzia Chabuka, leading to Mutseyami and six others’ arrest. Mutseyami and his co-accused were charged with public violence and are currently on $100 bail each.

Party officials accused Chenjerai of making a false report to the police, adding that he was the one who caused the disruptions when he realised he was not being re-elected as the district chairperson. Manicaland party provincial chairman Julius Magarangoma told NewsDay that they made recommendations to the party secretary-general Tendai Biti and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa that Chenjerai be brought before a disciplinary committee.

Chenjerai declined to speak to NewsDay yesterday.

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