Parliament demands K5 billion Covid-19 schools opening budget break down

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Brainax Mfaume Aziz Kaise (left) with other members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – A parliamentary committee has written Ministry of Education to demand how it will use the K5 billion covid-19 money the ministry has received as schools open on Monday.

Parliamentary Committee on Education chairperson Mr Brainex Aziz Kaise has confirmed the development.

He says the committee wants a breakdown of expenditure for the K5 billion which the Ministry of Education has received for Covid 19 response.

The government has released the funds to the Ministry of Education following the reopening of schools on Monday, next week, amid Covid 19.

This transaction comes amid widespread anger over the alleged abuse of K6.2 billion from the Treasury for Covid 19 national response.

Kaise said the Ministry of Education needs to explain how the money will be used.

He said the committee will also engage District Education Officers to monitor the expenditure.

Brainax Mfaume Aziz Kaise (with other members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education

Education Minister Ms Agness Nyalonje said part of the money will be used to drill 400 boreholes in primary schools and 240 in secondary schools to improve sanitation.

“My ministry has made money [available] directly to schools through zonal accounts for them to procure soaps, to procure masks, to procure buckets where buckets need replacing, to make sure that when schools open, these things are in place,” she said.

She said the challenge is to find tents for additional classrooms in highly congested schools.

“Because it so happens that globally, the scramble for tents is very, very high but we are very advanced to get tents and we are hopeful that we will find tents and probably within a week,” said Nyalonje.

Nyalonje also said the government has recruited 2,275 auxiliary teachers to ease pressure on permanent teachers.

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