“Failure to disburse the funds on time has ripple effects such as delayed implementation of government projects such as the curriculum reform programme,” he said. Close to a $1 billion of the $4,2 billion 2014 National Budget was allocated to primary and secondary education. “The ministry is by a considerable margin the biggest because almost two thirds of all civil servants are teachers,” said Coltart. Progressive Teachers Union Secretary General, Raymond Majongwe urged the ministry to use the allocated funds towards the development of the education sector.
“Key issues that should be addressed include teachers’ salaries, infrastructural development and the provision of books for students,” he said.