Child Rights Groups Urge Mthuli Ncube To Disburse Education Funds On Time

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By Thandiwe Garusa

RIGHTS groups which advocate for education for all children, together with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education have urged Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to disburse funds meant for education on time.

This is after the education ministry got a 13,3% allocation in Ncube’s 2022 national budget presented last week.

Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors (ZINECDA) and the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) however feel that disbursements of those funds should be done as soon as possible to make sure that learning conditions and access to education is available to all.

In his address to delegates at a post-budget review workshop, chairperson of Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Primary and Secondary Education Tonderai Moyo said disbursements of funds should be done early.

“While as a Committee we commend the Government for such allocations, we call upon the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to ensure that these resources are disbursed on time. As parliament, we have noted with concern that some Ministries are failing to deliver not because they do not have the capacity, but because they are incapacitated,” he said.

“As we unpack the 2022 national budget, I urge all of us to engage in constructive criticism, which shall contribute immensely to a review of the current budget so that no child is left behind. Education is a human right. Section 75 of the Constitution provides for progressive realisation of “Basic State Funded Education,” Moyo said.

Besides timely disbursement of funds they are also recommending improvement of teachers’ salaries, school health and nutrition programmes, ICT gadgets, infrastructure involvement of mothers in schools’ committees, engagement of unemployed qualified teachers and consistent proportions of funding across the nation.