Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima said his ministry only 49,5 percent of its budget allocation for 2018.
Mavima revealed this while addressing senior officials in his ministry in Bulawayo last week. He said his ministry used half of its budget allocation yet everyone under the ministry complained of lack of resources in key and strategic areas for the whole year. This angered Mavima who said this was a sign of lack of planning by the responsible officials in the ministry. He called for improved strategic planning and budgeting. Said Mavima:
I am informed that the budget utilisation rate as at 10 December 2018, stood at 49,5 percent. This cannot be well understood especially in a context of where almost everyone is talking about scarcity of resources. The extent to which we have embraced Programme Based Budgeting (PBB) becomes questionable, and this has implications on our planning processes and the level of programme implementation of tasks. The programme managers seem not to be taking ownership of their programmes and may not be requesting for funds to run the programmes. I see a lot of questions than answers in this regard. We have to partake in the budget preparations and as soon as the budget is loaded in the system you should know how much is there, and align your plans with the resources that will be made available during the course of the year, make requests and start utilising funds.