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BY JACK­SON MAPAPAYI THE Teach­ing Ser­vice Com­mis­sion says early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion (ECE) should not just be a pre­serve for the rich but even chil­dren in the ru­ral ar­eas should be ac­corded the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess the ser­vice.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view, Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Stan­ley Mhango said in line with the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) gov­ern­ment pol­icy, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion is key in hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

He said ac­cord­ing to a re­search, chil­dren that at­tend ECE les­sons per­form far much bet­ter those chil­dren who have not at­tended it.

‘’So, we have noted with in­ter­est and we are work­ing it be­cause it is key in ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren, he said.

He said from statis­tics there is clear in­di­ca­tion that par­ents have in­ter­est in terms of en­rolling their chil­dren.

He said so far there are 6220 learn­ers ac­cess­ing ECE in 170 cen­tres in the province.

‘’This is com­mend­able for the province, but I think we have not done well in terms teacher re­cruit­ment for ECE, he said.

He dis­closed that there are only 153 teach­ers that have been em­ployed in the province to han­dle 6220 pupils.

‘’And that is why in this year’s teacher re­cruit­ment, what we are go­ing to do is it won’t just be general re­cruit­ment; it will be needy based re­cruit­ment.

‘’For ex­am­ple we have a chal­lenge of science, math­e­mat­ics and tech­nol­ogy teach­ers, so it won’t just be whole­some re­cruit­ment. And one of the pri­or­ity ar­eas is that we need to al­lo­cate suf­fi­cient num­ber to ECE be­cause 153 teach­ers against 6220 is de­feat­ing our own ef­fort,” he said.

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