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.