Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president, Obert Masaraure, has said the government has enough resources to fund free education if they were being managed well.
He said the government was failing to offer free education due to corruption which has made education inaccessible to over 7.9 million children who are being forced to drop out of school. He said:
The government has enough resources to deliver on the mandate of free education. One easy source of revenue is our mineral wealth which has the capacity to fund all social services in Zimbabwe if managed well. There are multiple potential revenue streams for funding free education.
His remarks come as Public Service minister, Paul Mavima, has argued that the government does not have a budget for free primary school education yet, but was hopeful that funds will be made available next year.
Speaking at the World Autism Day event last week in Harare, Mavima said even though the government had legislated for State-funded basic education, implementation was impossible because of inadequate resources that were allocated to education. He added:
I am glad to announce that the President is committed and starting in 2023 there is going to be free primary education. So those attending public schools will not be required to pay basic tuition fees while the State continues to support vulnerable children with uniforms, examination fees, and stationery. So we are happy about that development.
The government has failed to offer free primary education as promised by President Mnangagwa in 2018 and has also failed to honour its pledge to pay tuition fees for children of teachers.
It is also owing huge amounts of money for students under the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM).
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