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Minister Says "Parents, Or Headmasters Allowing Learners To Drop Out Of School Will Be Prosecuted"

Minister Says

The government has announced that parents and guardians including headmasters who allow learners to drop out of school due to financial constraints will be liable to prosecution as doing so is in violation of a standing policy.

Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said measures have been put in place to cater for learners from underprivileged families. 

Mavima told Chronicle in an interview on Monday 26 September 2022: 

As Government we have so many interventions that we put in place to address the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. BEAM is one of those and I should make it clear that any parent, guardian or even headmaster who allows any learner to drop out of school is liable to prosecution.

This year we have a target of 1,5 million beneficiaries and we haven’t even reached that target for any learner to drop out of school. Headmasters have been trained on BEAM and are ready to attend to anyone in need of that facility because we want all our children to access education.

Those parents or guardians who find themselves in a financial dilemma should approach any of our schools and they will be assisted. I do not want to hear about any child not going to school this year or any other year since we are also introducing State-funded education effective 2023.

According to the Education Statistics Report, there are 120 714 orphans and vulnerable children at the ECD level who benefitted from BEAM in 2021. 

It also notes that there are 608 419 orphaned and vulnerable children in primary schools.

At the secondary school level, there are 289 847 orphaned and vulnerable children.

Thousands of learners have been dropping out of school citing failure to raise fees, a trend that increased during the COVID-19 era when some guardians lost their sources of income.

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9 Comments

Chicken Chimuti 2 months ago

Better said than done.


Marx 2 months ago

It's propaganda, uw have been hearing this for donkey years now


Da Truth 2 months ago

Takamira tichinzi vana havatenderwi kudzingwa asi varikumanyisiwa kuchikoro everyday who needs this propaganda .Zvitsva here pay civil servants a better wage mozohukura zvema dhirihora izvo .Tinokuzivai kuti kana ma elections osvika munotaura ichiii chete . CSC ,,Mashava ,,Shabanie mine,,Chikoro mahara ,,ndopamuno hukura inguva yachoooo tatovhura thousands of jobs created .Chamuno it's chandinoziva ma t-shirt naiwo mazitora ngozi amunoisa muhuro Aya .Izvo Zimb inokwana nembudzi membudziii


Zinja 2 months ago

That's nonsense. Kana mwana asingade kuenda kuchikoro unomuitasei? Ukamurova unosungiswa, ukamuzvuzvurudzira ikoko it's kidnapping, kuchikoro mateacher haabvumidzwe kurova vana saka zvii zvavarikutaura. Basa nderekuda kusunga vasina mhosva, mbavha nemhondi dzichisiiwa dzakadaro.


svoto 2 months ago

moita kunge munoda vanhu stereki haiwawo tibvireyipo


Chimboti Pizza 2 months ago

Tangai nemapostori ndivo vanoti vana vedu havaende kuchikoro


bhuru 2 months ago

ko anoti BEAM irikubhadhara,sadza arikupiwa ne social welfare,fertilizer opiwa ku pfumvudza,,,asi haasi kuendesa mwana kuchikoro toti mhosva ndeyanikoooooo


Citizen 2 months ago

mhosva kusaendesa mwana kuchikoro nekuti uyu atori vulnerable as a guardian, saka, sabhuku ane mhosva muraini makaita kwana asiri kuenda kuchikoro. Mhosva KunaSabhuku akudya zvirigo, mwana were hanzi kuchikoro.....akangodzoserwa mari iwe enda aiswe paBEAM, mitoro yedu ipei vanoda kuitakura,

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AK47 1 month ago

BEAM yamuri kutaura yakazara vana vanevabereki vemusangano . Kana usiri wemusangano mwana wako akapinda muBEAM unowanika abviswa kubvunza Head vanoti kwakauya councilor kuzoona mazita evana vari muBEAM . Iye councilor anenge atoudzwa nevatinogara navo kuti nhingi haasi weZANU asi mwana wake ari muBEAM . Saka tokumvirawo party isapindira pane zvechikoro kana kuti councilor asauya achiita zvaanoda pachikoro kuita sekuti chikoro ndecheZANU kana kuti ndechamai vake



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