Educators give input on inclusive education policy

By Mthokozisi Dube

THE e-learning and better schools programmes came under the spotlight during an outreach programme by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education in Mberengwa.

The government is implementing the inclusive education policy adopted in 2019, but the process has been slowed down by several challenges.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education, which conducted an outreach programme in Mberengwa this Tuesday, collected submissions from educators who highlighted some of the limitations in implementing the inclusive education policy.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee is sitting on two petitions, one by the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust and another by Chiredzi’s Jonathan Shariwa demanding the scrapping of the Better Schools Programme.

Chairperson of the Primary and Secondary Education Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Honourable Torerai Moyo said they are receiving submissions from various parts of the country.

“We are here in Mberengwa to hear what communities have to say about inclusive education and BSPZ,” said honourable Moyo.

This comes at a time when Infrastructure in schools has not been accommodative to the needs of persons living with disabilities and has largely remained the same despite the better schools programme collecting between US$1 and US$5 in affiliation levies from all the schools.

The Better Schools Programme fund was introduced to capacitate teachers at cluster level through cluster resource centres but loopholes have seen the fund being abused in some districts.