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PF calls release of more funds for schools

OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) party has called upon the government to make better and further releases to schools so that the quality of education is not compromised in the country.

And the party has also called upon the government to immediately release the much talked about community-based funds for school bursaries.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka, Party Acting President Given Lubinda said schools will open on the 24th January 2022, about three weeks away, but the selection of the beneficiaries has not commenced yet.

“Note that there are more than 8,000 primary schools, more than 1,000 secondary schools, more than 25 special education schools in Zambia. Let alone the early childhood centers,” he said.

“As you can see the K 324 million translates to less than K 30,000 per school for the first quarter. this further translates to less than K10,000 per month. one wonders how the schools are expected to operate with such meager allocations. compare this to the more than K100,000 that was being received on average from PTA fees,”.

Mr. Lubinda further urged the government to release all the money owed to farmers that supplied maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) in the 2019/2021 farming period without any further delay.

He said the PF party is disappointed to note that the money is coming so late, in the season that farmers will not be able to utilise it to invest for the 2021/2022 farming season.

He added that what is worse is that the amount falls greatly short of paying all the farmers who have waited so long for their money.

He further implored the government to settle the local debt speedily so as to inject liquidity into the economy and to give relief to the suffering people who depend on suppliers of goods and services to government.

He also noted that while the release of the K324 million may sound like an achievement, it, unfortunately, falls flat on its head when analysed and compared with the number of intended recipients.

He also stated that the attempt by Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane to explain the Southern African Business Development Forum Private Public Partnership (PPP) did not make any sense at all.

Yesterday, the government announced the release of k960m for payments to farmers who supplied maize under the 2020/2021 farming seaon to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) and K324 Million for the first quarter operational support fund for public schools.

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