ZWL$600 million Schools re-opening budget

 ZWL$600 million Schools re-opening budget

ZWL$600 million Schools re-opening budget.

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A call has been made by parents for the government to be accountable in the allocation of the ZW$ 600 million reopening budgets. A growing sense of inadequate or uneven levels of preparedness for schools re-opening is very worrying. Thus, there is need for Government to provide clarity on the distribution and intended impacts of the ZWL600 million Schools re-opening budget.

It is understood that the resources were deployed towards the acquisition of COVID-19 sundries for students and teachers after schools reopened on 15th March 2021. Greater detail would enable the nation to identify potential gaps and areas for policy strengthening. As the government rolls out the national e-strategy for schools, it must ensure that that resources are distributed fairly across all districts and rural communities are not left out.

The acquisition of gadgets and other e- learning requirements must be done in a fair and transparent manner.  The government should release the $600million to ensure schools are equipped with PPE’s and other WHO stipulated COVID-19 necessities to allow for safe onsite learning.  Teacher welfare issues must not be left to Parents – the government and Representative Unions must come to a just resolution in the nation’s interest.

Meanwhile the approval of E-learning national strategy for schools has been recommended by educationist MR Gift kutamahufa   as a positive step towards quality education “Cabinet is roundly commended for the timeous approval of the e-learning national strategy for schools in 45 days.’’ He said  “The Strategy aims to ensure that learning disruptions caused by COVID-19 are bridged.

“This is particularly critical for rural and other vulnerable children’s whose rights to education have been undermined by the lack of access digital tools and resources. “No doubt this is a step in the right direction as was the dominant resource allocation to education in the 2021 National Budget.” He said A lot more needs to be done for Zimbabwe to ensure the right to education for a growing youth population.

Urgent areas for policy attention include: Educators’ welfare and remuneration, School construction and infrastructure development, Digital access and learning devices; Effective regulation and Parents’ involvement in Education Policy; Curriculum development, testing and grading.

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