Primary and Secondary Education Minister Paul Mavima has dismissed claims that he called on parents to ensure state of the art facilities for children in rural areas.
Mavhima was quoted in the state media challenging stakeholders and parents to ensure that children in remote areas have access to state-of-the-art facilities.
In an interview with the Mail and Telegraph, Mavhima said that was not the essence of his massage.
“That is not the essence of my massage. The essence of my massage is government should provide state -of-the-art facilities in remote areas,” he said.
He added that a parent in a remote area cannot be expected to build a state-of-the-art facility.
“Can I expect a parent in Binga which can not pay $15 a term to build a state-of-the-art facility?” he said.
Mavhima said government was obligation to provide optimal infrastructure in the remote areas.
“Government has obligation to provide optimal infrastructure in those areas because if we do not , we are disadvantaging potential engineers and doctors in those areas and this country will not transform.
“That is what I have been saying,” Mavhima said.
Shortage of infrastructure in rural schools has been an issue as some rural areas have no adequate classrooms to accommodate all the school children.
Science subjects are the most difficult to conduct as there is lack of laboratories.