Tichaona Zindoga Senior Reporter
Government has said US$5,6 million meant for administrative work for non-formal education is lying idle due to failure by schools to integrate adult education and those supplementing examinations into their systems. The non-formal education fund, also known as Second Chance Education Money, has been provided by Government and its partners.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora last week revealed that Government was in the process of mainstreaming non-formal education and urged schools to take up the initiative and make money out of non-formal learners who were being forced to part with hundreds of dollars at private colleges.
“We want in this process to mainstream non-formal education,” he said.
“Over the years, the informal education had almost become the backwater of education and it shouldn’t be.
“What we have said to our secondary schools is that they open space for non-formal classes so that you have your normal programme and get your teachers to take the non-formal classes thereafter until evening, maybe a couple of hours a day, three or four days a week,” he said.