Education gets largest chunk of budget

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Education has once again been apportioned about 30% of the recurrent budget, a trend that has lived on since independence. The newly created education portfolios - the ministries of Basic Education and Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology received 28% of the budget.

The former has been allocated the largest amount of P6.80 billion or 17.2% of the total ministerial recurrent budget, while the latter got P4.25 billion or 10.7%, representing the fifth largest share.

Presenting the 2017/2018 budget yesterday, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Kenneth Matambo said the Basic Education ministry allocation was in line with the commitment made by Government to improve education through the implementation of the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP).

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