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Money spent on education only 1 percent of President’s travel budget: David Coltart

Former Minister of Education David Coltart has accused the government of not prioritising the education sector which has led to its ruin. Coltart highlighted that the government prioritises foreign trips and spends a mere 1 percent of the amount allocated for foreign trips on education.

Speaking at the Trust of Schools Zimbabwe Association meeting in Victoria Falls on Monday, Senator Coltart said:

In government’s own financial statements issued last November, it was shown that last year government spent some $44 million on Presidential and Cabinet travel against less than $400, 000 on educational materials.

In other words, we actually spent, on educational materials, just one percent of the actual amount spent on Presidential and Cabinet travel. That alone displays a serious warped sense of priorities

This major shift must also include a steep increase in the amount of money allocated to building new schools and, critically, the amount we allocate to maintain schools, provide teaching materials and textbooks. The fabric of most government and local council schools is in a shocking state of disrepair

More: New Zimbabwe

 

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