Gvt in arreas to BCC over BEAM | Breaking News

Gvt in arreas to BCC over BEAM | Breaking News

GOVERNMENT has paid a measly $20 000 to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) education department towards clearing a $500 000 debt in outstanding fees payment for students under its social welfare programme. By NQOBANI NDLOVU Government pays tuition fees for the disadvantaged and orphans at council-run schools under the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). A health, housing and education committee report reveals that the government BEAM debt dates back to 2014, resulting in beneficiaries being chased away from school over non-fees payment. “During the second term government paid $9 002 (tuition) and $7 505 (School Development Committee levies) towards debtors of BEAM-funded learners. The payments made were not sufficient to clear the debts which stand at $260 787 (tuition) and $244 913 (SDC levies). These debts go as far back as 2014,” the council health, housing and education report reads in part. In 2014, 2015 and last year, the government never paid a cent to BCC for students under …

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