The Zimbabwean government has admitted that it does not have the capacity to give free education which was expected to start in the first term of 2023.

In 2020, President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed into law the Education Amendment Act, which compels the State to provide free basic education in line with provisions of section 27 of the Constitution.

The government initially announced the pledge to offer free education in 2018 but nothing has happened yet.

Primary and Secondary Education minister Evelyn Ndlovu told Parliament yesterday that there was not enough money for the exercise.

Critics have been questioning how the government would afford to offer free education when it is failing to pay teachers.

The teachers have been up in arms with government demanding better working conditions and salaries.

Some of the conditions put on the table, include that the teachers wanted to be paid salaries in US dollars.