Financial Mismanagement Close Early Childhood Development Centres

Patricia Mokgohlwa MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Women

Financial mismanagement is one of the main reasons for Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Gauteng closing their doors.

According to Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza there are 1 644 registered Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Gauteng province.

The DA will propose that financial management training accompany the funding provided by the Department to ECDs. This would enable reasonable budgeting to take place allowing these crèches to function effectively. We also the urge the Social Development Department to work closely with the Gauteng Education Department as it forms part of this department’s core function.

Improper financial management at these pivotal centres have direct implications on children who are the beneficiaries of the critical service these centres render. ECDs play a vital role as gateway to primary education.

Without stable financial management, improvements to facilities, educational resources and staffing is limited. Funding that could be allocated to improve learning is not being utilised correctly.

A sustainable and prosperous future for Gauteng is dependent on a basic education system that equips the children of Gauteng with the skills to find a job.

These ECDs play a vital role in laying the foundation for the future education activities of the children of our province, and must be properly resourced to fulfil this seminal responsibility.

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