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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Saturday, July 30, 1966 — Bulawayo MPs hope to urge Par­lia­ment to con­sider the plight of nurs­ery schools in Rhode­sia, the Nurs­ery School Move­ment of Rhode­sia says in a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day.

“Since nurs­ery schools lost their Gov­ern­ment grants in 1964, a num­ber have closed, fees have been raised and, in some cases, teach­ers’ salaries cut. Nurs­ery school com­mit­tees are find­ing it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to meet their com­mit­ments, es­pe­cially the schools which are bonded”, the state­ment says.

The in­crease in fees, cou­pled with the rise in sec­ondary and pri­mary school fees, has re­sulted in a drop in at­ten­dances. Some nurs­ery schools are with­out wait­ing lists for the first time. Qual­i­fied teach­ers are seek­ing bet­ter paid work else­where be­cause of salary cuts. Re­main­ing teach­ers are forced to han­dle over­sized classes as a re­sult, the state­ment goes on.

Pre­vi­ously, the grant to nurs­ery schools was only one per­cent of the ed­u­ca­tional vote. Now it would be a third of one per­cent. The state­ment says that the gov­ern­ment saved it­self £20 000 of the vote of £60 000 by stop­ping grants. “Nurs­ery schools play an im­por­tant part in fos­ter­ing the all-round de­vel­op­ment of the pre-school child and in pre­par­ing him for for­mal school”, the state­ment says.

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