Baines Ju­nior or­dered to scrap ECD classes

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THE Gov­ern­ment has or­dered Baines Ju­nior School in Bu­l­awayo’s Northend sub­urb to stop en­rolling pupils for Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment (ECD) start­ing next year.

The Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion said the school was cre­at­ing an en­rol­ment prob­lem and du­pli­cat­ing du­ties be­ing done by Baines In­fant School.

Baines Ju­nior School has been en­rolling ECD classes since 2014.

Par­ents have, how­ever, com­plained that the new devel­op­ment will af­fect their chil­dren who are en­rolled at the school.

“The school au­thor­i­ties told us that the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry or­dered them to scrap the ECD classes. But this is now af­fect­ing our chil­dren who were do­ing ECD A who are sup­posed to go to ECD B. We’re now sup­posed to look for a new school for our chil­dren,” said one of the par­ents.

An­other par­ent queried why the school has been al­lowed to have ECD classes for three years.

“I be­lieve that a school can­not just in­tro­duce new classes with­out the knowl­edge of the par­ent Min­istry. But they have gone for three years hav­ing these classes. What has changed? The school had al­ready set up in­fra­struc­ture for ECD pupils,” said the par­ent.

The par­ents said Baines In­fant and Baines Ju­nior were dif­fer­ent schools with each one hav­ing its own ad­min­is­tra­tors.

How­ever, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango, de­fended the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion say­ing Baines Ju­nior School had made a mis­take by en­rolling ECD pupils.

She said in­stead of hav­ing ECD classes, the school should re­ceive pupils from Baines In­fant.

“The in­fant school feeds into the ju­nior school so those that are in Grade Two at the in­fant are mov­ing to Grade Three at the ju­nior school. That is the ex­pla­na­tion which is very clear and I don’t see why it is now be­ing twisted. The ECDs who are at the In­fant are sup­posed to be a feeder school to Baines Ju­nior,” said Dr Utete-Masango.

She said the changes are in line with the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum. — @nqot­shili THE south­ern parts of the coun­try should brace for a wet spell from to­day, sig­nalling the start of the rainy sea­son, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment (MSD) has said.

The MSD said the rains may be ac­com­pa­nied by thun­der­storms.

“A cloud band is ex­pected to start en­ter­ing the west­ern and south­ern ar­eas of the coun­try from Sun­day 16 Oc­to­ber.

“This should cover much of the coun­try by Tues­day 18 Oc­to­ber 2016,” said MSD Chief Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mr Tich Zinyemba.

Mr Zinyemba said the wet spell may sig­nal

Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango

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