The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Call for Education Officers to Supervise CDF in Schools

Chikomba — District education officers must supervise the use of Community Development Funds by legislators in schools to guard against cases of misappropriation.

Speaking at the commissioning of 10 classroom blocks built using CDF in Chivhu last week, Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Lazarus Dokora said most legislators committed three quarters of their CDF allocation to education.

"Education officers, school heads and school development committees should, therefore, fully and resourcefully utilise the CDF for the benefit of children," he said. "You should identify priority areas and attend to them first. Children on the other part must also use stationery such as textbooks carefully while schools must institutionalise a culture of reading because all learning is centred on the learners' ability to read."

Deputy Minister Dokora said Government's level of financial investment in schools should be matched by corresponding results.

"Let us intensify our supervision of schools so that investment matches and justifies the results," he said.

Seven primary schools in Chikomba West Constituency namely Runyararo, Tagwinya, Donhodzo, Mutemachani, Kudubu, Pasichigare and Mashayamvu-ra had classroom blocks either built or roofed using the CDF funds.

Deputy Minister Dokora said that he was aware the majority of the benefiting schools had little or no infrastructure at all. They were using anything from farmhouses, barns, tobacco drying halls and even dairy units for classrooms.

"The buildings do not meet our planning standards because of poor ventilation, little light and serious discomfort in the physical situation of the children," said Deputy Minister Dokora.

"CDF will go a long way in the alleviation of challenges in the education sector through improvements in such things as furniture, teachers accommodation and stationery for children."

Chikomba West legislator Cde Mike Bimha urged teachers to execute their duties diligently regardless of the fact that they were still negotiating for salary increments.

"Teachers must not use pupils as ransom to siphon money out of parents by forcing them to pay incentives," he said.

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