Teachers Want Finance Minister To Allocate 20% Of 2023 Budget To Education Sector
Teachers have said Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube must allocate 20% of the 2023 national budget to the education sector in line with the Dakar Framework for Action.
In their 2023 pre-budget position paper to Parliament, teachers said the 13% allocated to the education ministry in 2022 was inadequate to solve problems bedevilling the sector.
Underfunding has led to multiple crises in the learning sector such as unaffordable education, lack of resources and paltry salaries for teachers resulting in incapacitation, dilapidation of infrastructure and 50% of youths dropping out of school.
The 2022 $55,2 billion allocated to education translated to US$674 million using 2021 rates. This was a big drop from US$1,162 billion allocated in 2019, US$905 million in 2018, and US$803 million in 2017.
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Educators Union of Zimbabwe vice-president Tapedza Zhou said teachers’ salaries should be above a living wage.
His remarks were echoed by Zimbabwe Teachers Association secretary-general Goodwill Taderera who said the majority of teachers were living under the poverty datum line.
Teachers have since 2019 been calling upon the government to restore their pre-October 2018 salaries which were in the range of US$540.
The government says it has no capacity to pay all of them in United States Dollars.