ZIMTA particpates in BEAM assesment PDF Print E-mail

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) in conjunction with Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) has conducted a Basic Training Research workshop to equip ZIMTA teachers with basic research skills in preparation for a research on the governance of the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM).


Created: 06 November 2012



32 educators from different districts in all the provinces of Zimbabwe who are also ZIMTA members attended the workshop.

The researchers commenced work on 10 October 2012 and were expected to continue until 15 November 2012.

“The research is aimed at assessing community level practices and experiences relating to the governance and access of BEAM funds. The evidence gathered would be used to improve BEAM management and TARSC had partnered with ZIMTA teachers so as to give authenticity and credibility to the project because ZIMTA teachers are found in all districts of the country.” said ZIMTA Training Officer, Ms Angelina Lunga.

According to TARSC representative Artwell Kadungure, the purpose of the research was to address issues surrounding BEAM because donors were complaining that they had put money yet funds were mismanaged. The purpose of the research was to find the root cause of the problem – the funders or the schools; hence it became the role of the educator to investigate where the challenge was emanating from.

Educators participating at the workshop confirmed the mismanagement of BEAM funds saying the pupils who were supposed to benefit were not benefiting because the selection process was political at times and those who did the selection process first looked into their own families, with a view of assisting them first instead of giving priority to the needy cases as it should be.

BEAM was launched in 2001 by the government as a component of Enhanced Social Protection Project (ESPP) focussing on access to education as a social protection intervention. The programme is designed to facilitate enrolment and retention of orphaned and vulnerable children by assisting with tuition fees, school levies and examination fees. According to the Sunday Mail 28 October 2012, from its inception in 2001 BEAM performed quite well reaching over 900 000 beneficiaries at its peak in 2006. The hyperinflationary era between 2007 and beginning of 2009 affected its performance and it was suspended. Since its revival in 2009, BEAM has disbursed US$60, 2 million directly to schools to cover tuition fees and levies in primary and secondary and examination fees in secondary schools. In schools a selected committee consisting of 12 members sits with a view of determining which pupil deserves to get assistance for paying fees. According to the funders of the programme the most needy cases should get priority.

The ZIMTA educators carried the research in schools in districts such as Chipinge, Bindura rural, Goromonzi Chikwaka, Chinhoyi, Insiza-Filabusi, Kwekwe, Chiwundura, Chiredzi, Epworth and Tsholotsho as a pilot project.

In their research, educators used four different sets of questionnaires notably the school authority questionnaire which includes the headmaster or the school bursar, a community selection committee member questionnaire and a beneficiary questionnaire which includes one boy and one girl at each school.

ZIMTA and TARSC share a cordial relationship which mandate them to work together and share resources in working to promote quality education and accounting for national resources that are aimed at benefiting the less privileged in attaining quality education regardless of their social background and economic status. Results of the research will be used in improving the delivering of BEAM in schools.

According to David Coltart, Education Minister about 1 million out of an estimated 3, 6 million school going children required Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) as their parents and guardians could not afford paying school fees. According to a BEAM Evaluation Report presented by Coltart, 27% of these children were either orphans or vulnerable children. The evaluation indicated that 784000 (28%) of primary school pupils needed support but only 456 400 (16, 3%) had accessed it. For secondary schools, 192 000 (24%) of 800 000 students required Beam assistance but only 140000 (17, 5%) received it. Of the 976 000 primary and secondary students identified as needing BEAM support, 380 000 were not receiving anything. Coltart revealed that an estimated $53 million was required to cover full annual BEAM requirements in 2013.










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