Over P3m unused in MoE account

Minister of Education and Skills Development Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi has told parliament that over P3 million still remains in the account after the ministry allocated close to P22 million for junior secondary school projects.

When answering a question from Kanye North Member of Parliament Kentse Rammidi, the minister said she was not aware that teachers in junior secondary schools are forced to reduce the number of projects students undertake. "What I am aware of is that during the 2012/2013 fiscal year, my ministry allocated an amount of P21,277,013 to junior schools for practical subjects. This allocation is to allow for the purchase of student material for their projects," Moitoi stated. She added that to date, schools have used just over P18 million and over P3 million still remains in the account.

Rammidi had asked the minister if he was aware that junior secondary schools were not allocated enough funds to allow them to buy material for students' projects in practical subjects and that as a result teachers are forced to reduce the number of projects students undertake, if so, does this not affect learning.

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