classroom.jpgStakeholders in the education sector have urged the government to look for an alternative way of funding the system and desist from depending on money which comes from the fiscus as it is not enough for the rapid growth of the sector.

Despite the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture being one of government’s top priorities in the 2012 budget, stakeholders say what was allocated to the ministry cannot adequately address challenges that are currently affecting the sector.

In an interview, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) CEO, Mr Sifiso Ndlovu said government should not depend on the fiscus to cater for all its educational needs and stressed the need for it to consider engaging the private sector through the introduction of a tax levy which would ensure a rapid growth of the system.

Education Coalition of Zimbabwe National Co-coordinator, Mr Maxwell Rafomoyo lambasted Mr Biti for being silent on the issue of teachers’ salaries which he said will keep alive the issue of incentives which continues to burden parents.

In his 2012 National Budget, Minister Tendai Biti allocated US$707 million to the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.

The money is expected to cater for areas such as infrastructure refurbishment and teachers’ salaries among others.

The other money will be channeled to the sport, arts and culture sectors.