Presenting a $4.1 billion budget in Parliament yesterday Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa allocated the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education $800 million which will largely be directed towards payment of salaries for educators.
In this regard, the 2017 Budget proposes an allocation of $803.8 million towards primary and secondary education. Given that the teacher is central to education delivery, $789 million of the above budget appropriation will support the payment of remuneration to the 122,756 strong education labour force.
The minister said part of the funds will be used for curriculum development as well as schools’ development. The other portion of the fund will be channelled towards school feeding schemes.