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By Nelsiwe Ndlangamandla - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-28-Feb-2012

GOVERNMENT has set aside E31million for Free Primary Education this year.

This was said by the Minister of Education Wilson Future Ntshangase during the debate of the ministry’s annual report in Parliament yesterday.

Ntshangase said they had made a request for the release of the funds in advance stating that though government had not released the money an agreement was made that this would be done soon.

The minister said because of the financial crisis they asked parents to assist in the building of classrooms. “Micro projects would then help with the roofing, if it was not for the ailing economy the country is faced with government would be building the classrooms,” said the minister.

Ntshangase also revealed that there were some schools which would soon receive furniture. He said there were some donors who promised to provide furniture worth E4 million. He said so far 205 classes have been completed under the FPE programme . The minister also said there were 12 schools which were built by the government of Japan around the country which would be opened soon.

The FPE programme started in 2010 and though the ministry of education struggled to secure classes they have been able to admit a number of pupils. Teachers in primary schools have complained that there are many children, who have to be admitted yet there are not enough classes

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