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Half-year budget performance report for the Ministry of Education,
Sport and Culture [SC 27, 2006]
of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture
Second Session – Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
Presented to Parliament November, 2006
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1.1 As part of its oversight function, the Committee on Education
Sport and Culture carried out a review of the half-year 2006 budget
performance for the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture. The
objective of the Committee in monitoring budget performance was
to ensure accountability in the use of public funds, identify problem
areas and suggest solutions or recommendations for improvement.
The review of the budget performance also enhances the representative
role of the Members of Parliament.
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5.1 Having noted the challenges that the Ministry faced during the
first half of the 2006 financial year and the efforts being taken
to address the challenges, the Committee recommends the following:
5.2 Whilst government efforts to give per capita grants is highly
commendable, the Committee is of the view that it is better to raise
the grants and give these to schools as a once off payment, preferably
at the beginning of each year.
5.3 Since ZIMSEC has now procured a Printing Press for the printing
of examination materials, concerted efforts should be made to tighten
security during the transportation of examination papers to various
5.4 Decentralisation of education administration to districts is
highly commended. The government should ensure that the Ministry
is allocated adequate funds to purchase 78 vehicles, one for each
of the educational districts. These vehicles are meant to impact
on the quality of education through the monitoring and supervision
6.1 The Committee is very grateful for the co-operation it received
from the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture. It is the Committee’s
hope that the current challenges facing the Ministry will be overcome
for the enhancement of our education system.
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