One of the country’s activists has slammed government for slashing the ministry of education budget by K500 million.
On Tuesday, legislators from the government side backed the motion to have the education budget cut from K113.8 billion to K113.7 billion.
Opposition Members of Parliament were against the motion but the proposal went in favour of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) after minister of finance Goodall Gondwe had argued that the ministry might not need the money from now up to June.
Reacting to the development, executive director of the Health and Rights Education Programme Maziko Matemba denounced government’s decision to slash the allocation to the struggling education ministry.
“It is very sad that government is saying that it does not need the money now while in our schools students are sharing one book for lessons, while there is a need to have laboratories for science subjects,” said Matemba.
Matemba further wondered if reforms are going to work in the education sector arguing that they need a lot of money for implementation.