Over 300 000 children on BEAM likely to drop out of school as Govt allocates inadequate funds
Speaking during a review of the 2017 National Budget in Parliament yesterday, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Goodluck Kwaramba, said the allocation to the social services ministry was too little to sustain the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) programme. He said that over 300 000 children were likely to drop out if additional funds are not allocated.
Cumulative arrears for the Basic Education Assistance Module for 2014, 2015 and 2016 now stand at $72 million The Ministry 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. As many as 338,000 children risk dropping out of school in 2017. Major donors DFID and USAID have stopped supporting BEAM hence the need for the Government to support the programme.Feedback
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