Cape Town – The Zimbabwean government has reportedly failed to raise funds to pay school fees for at least one million orphans and disadvantaged children who depend on state assistance for their education.
A Daily News report said that under the Basic Education Assistance Model (Beam), the government needs $73m to pay school fees for orphans and disadvantaged children, but according to the public service ministry, only $15m was budgeted for the programme this fiscal year.
The ministry warned that hundreds of thousands of children could drop out of school.
Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has led to job losses, making it impossible for growing numbers of parents to pay tuition fees. Unemployment now stands at 80%, and is rising as businesses continue to fold.