The Minister of Labour and Social Services, Ms Paurina Mpariwa says the Basic Education Assistance Module, (BEAM), is overwhelmed as there is a huge demand for the programme.
Minister Mpariwa said the programme was initially designed for 25 to 30% of the total school children at primary and secondary levels.
She added that it is unfortunate that the country is currently experiencing a phenomenon whereby education is being commercialised, thereby excluding other vulnerable children.
This year, BEAM assisted over 377 000 primary school children and over 114 000 secondary school students.
Ms Mpariwa also said BEAM paid examination fees for some students as well as school fees for children with special education needs.