Over 300 000 vulnerable children stand at risk of drop out of school after government allocated inadequate funds to the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). This program pays school fees for needy children. BEAM used to be mainly funded by donors, but most withdrew in 2014 citing donor fatigue amid allegations of misuse of the funds.
The ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare was allocated only $10 million dollars even though it needs $105 million dollars, meaning that a good number of children under BEAM may be forced to drop out.
A report by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Public Service Labour and Social Welfare presented to parliament partially reads:
Cumulative arrears for the Basic Education Assistance Module for 2014, 2015 and 2016 now stand at $72 million and the ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare has been allocated only $10million (10%) from a requirement of $105 million.
This amount will result in only 161,102 children being assisted in 2017 from an estimated need of over 500,000 children leaving as many as 338,000 children at the risk of dropping out of school in 2017.
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